Breaking News: Some People Still Ignorant

As I was sitting down to start planning a US History lesson for next week about the Japanese American experience in WW2, I came across this story in the Washington Post that I somehow managed to miss for a couple of days:

At this point, I guess I really shouldn't be shocked that a person holding high government office, like Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, would be capable of such casually ignorant racism. That he would direct it at Rep. Colleen Hanabusa while she was questioning him about funding for the preservation of the history of Japanese American internment during World War II—and do it with a smirky smile (see the video)—has me banging my head against my desk in frustration.

The Unrepeatable Elephant in the Room

First off, this isn't intended to be a partisan political post. I really am trying to approach this from a history/social science angle. The topic I'm addressing is already being vigorously discussed in social media, at home, in the hallways, and in the classroom. I'm writing with the hope of helping to ground the discussion in American history.

You Are History

Remember sitting in history class thinking: "If I was alive then, I would've..."? Well you are alive now. Whatever you're doing is what you would've done.

Well I Thought It Was Awesome...

Intro slide for a lesson on the Electoral College with witty cultural reference from a totally classic movie—it sailed right over their heads.

I should note that this was less of a fail than when I, for some reason, referenced the Wookie homeworld (Kashyyyk), mispronounced it and recieved a swift correction from the front row. My geek pride is still a little wounded from that one.