ERIC Number: ED424191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Teaching about George Washington. ERIC Digest.
Vontz, Thomas S.; Nixon, William A.
No generation in U.S. history has matched that of the founding era for its array of talented and influential political thinkers and actors. These individuals (such as George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison) possessed traits of character and intellect that significantly shaped the new United States and its direction for generations that followed. The bicentennial of George Washington's death in 1999 is an appropriate time to reflect upon his role and place in the galaxy of this country's founding fathers. When presented in the school curriculum, Washington's life and character illustrate the importance of the "great person" in history, a person whose personal attributes and life significantly shaped the United States and the world, and from whom students have much to learn. Leadership is the key concept upon which to base treatment of George Washington in the K-12 curriculum. Washington's character served as a vital foundation for his ability to lead; he showed a strong sense of martial leadership during the Revolutionary War; Washington understood the republican basis of his power and used that as the foundation of his support and trust; and his understanding of the importance of leadership and the role of power brought legitimacy to the new United States. Washington should be known to students as a military hero, founding father, political leader, and a symbol of nationhood. The Digest concludes with an annotated list of five world wide web resources for teaching about George Washington. (JEH)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Colonial History (United States), Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Instructional Materials, Internet, Presidents of the United States, Revolutionary War (United States), Social Studies, United States History
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