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ERIC Number: EJ765181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2745
Teaching History at America's #1 High School
Taylor, Julie A.
History Teacher, v37 n4 p517-531 Aug 2004
In this article, the author discusses the factors that contribute to the success of International Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in teaching history to its high school students. In 2003, "Newsweek" ranked the academy number one in the nation. The secret to its success is a combination of high expectations set by both teachers and administrators, rigorous coursework, and sound teaching practices. In their history courses, students are challenged to explore and weigh evidence, to defend their ideas, and to create projects with real-life applications. The history department's emphasis on writing at the International Academy is clearly a vital factor in student achievement. Students are learning and mastering forms of writing which are particular to history as a discipline. The work of the International Academy teachers shows that high expectations and good teaching of a well-structured and varied curriculum produce results. (Contains 5 notes.)
Society for History Education. California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90840-1601. Tel: 562-985-2573; Fax: 562-985-5431; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan