ERIC Number: ED451104
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
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Teaching the Vietnam War: A Conference Report.
Foreign Policy Research Institute Footnotes, v6 n4 Jul 2000
On May 6-7, 2000, the Foreign Policy Research Institute's (FPRI's) sixth History Institute convened with more than 40 high school and college history teachers to seek answers to the question: "How should we teach the history of the Vietnam War to our children today?" Not surprisingly, no simple answers were forthcoming. This conference report explains that from the complex portraits of diplomacy, Cold War grand strategy, and electoral politics emerged a larger picture of the war that provided teachers with new perspectives and numerous provocative techniques to help students discover the war for themselves. The report considers the lessons of Vietnam; the origins of the U.S. war in Vietnam; Lyndon Johnson's presidency; Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, and the Paris Accords; protest and two persistent myths about the war; and the diverse perceptions about the Vietnam War. It recommends that teachers expose students to competing perceptions of Vietnam and the war rather than presenting them with hard and fast conclusions. The report discusses the conference presentations and panel discussions. (BT)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Critical Thinking, High Schools, Higher Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Political Issues, United States History, Vietnam War
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