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.

Take Wisdom, Not Wrongs, From The Past

Wisdom Wisdom

"Human nature will not change. In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak and as strong, as silly and as wise, as bad and as good. Let us, therefore, study the incidents in this as philosophy to learn wisdom from and none of them as wrongs to be avenged."

—Abraham Lincoln

Teaching Literacy in History/Social Science

Teaching literacy as an integral part of social studies is important not only because it aids students in understanding discipline-specific content, but also because the same literacy techniques used to come to grips with complex and challenging texts are also essential for active, engaged, and informed citizenship.