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ERIC Number: ED065376
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Dec
Pages: 10
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Effective History Teaching in the High Schools: A Call for a New Strategy.
Scott, John Anthony
History instruction at the secondary level is not sufficiently relevant to the needs of students today. The traditional concept and function of most textbook oriented teaching is one of indoctrination, Americanization, and an attempt at preserving the economic, social, and political status quo. There is a need to educate students to intelligently confront and solve social problems. Although social scientists have developed new innovative courses, schools, and projects, they have not developed a strategy for bringing about needed changes in history. The history profession has contributions to make in the formation of an alternative strategy. Suggested points of strategy which need to be debated are: 1) The role of the school is to prepare students for activism toward attacking social problems and to help them view social change as a catalyst of world survival. 2) In this context, historians can attack and demolish racist myths and teach the origin and nature of war as a human institution over which social control is possible. 3) Historians can also develop the significance of regional and local themes with special reference to the educational needs of different ethnic groups. A related document is ED 048 070. (SJM)
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Authoring Institution: American Historical Association, Washington, DC.