politics

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

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.

This Gives Me Hope...

“I feel a sense of responsibility,” the high school freshman said of his 2,000 or so newsletter subscribers and almost 5,000 Twitter followers. Credit: Nick Schnelle for The New York Times

“I feel a sense of responsibility,” the high school freshman said of his 2,000 or so newsletter subscribers and almost 5,000 Twitter followers. Credit: Nick Schnelle for The New York Times

Reading the New York Times' story on Gabe Fleisher made my weekend. The St. Louis 15-year-old, who publishes the daily political newsletter "Wake Up to Politics", has rekindled my hope that teachers and parents can spark an interest in politics in kids and provide the kind of Civics education required to help them become informed, engaged, and active citizens who are ready to vote the day they turn 18.

I highly recommend subscribing to Gabe's "Wake Up to Politics" email newsletter. You can do that on his website by clicking here. It's a great way to start your day.