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ERIC Number: EJ932753
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0895-6855
Losing Our Favorite Teacher
Bigelow, Bill
Rethinking Schools, v24 n3 p11, 13-16 Spr 2010
Howard Zinn was a brilliant teacher, a passionate activist, and a warm and generous friend. His most influential work, "A People's History of the United States," was a gift to teachers everywhere--an eloquent anti-textbook that pointed the way to an approach to the past that was at once angry, passionate, and hopeful. Corporate textbooks delete all fundamental criticism of war, empire, and a profit-first economic system. They erase the impact of social movements and make it appear that events march inexorably forward without the influence of ordinary people. Zinn wanted none of that. He insisted that America's history has been a long struggle for justice, and that anything decent and democratic in today's society exists because people fought for it. Zinn highlighted those who challenged injustice--and focused on the achievements of activism and dissent. Zinn saw no contradiction between teaching and activism. In fact, for him they were inseparable. Zinn revealed his commitments in the classroom, but also beyond the classroom. And this "doing" won him the respect and affection of his students as well as sometimes the enmity of college authorities. In this article, Zinn is remembered as the historian who transformed the way one thinks about and teaches U.S. history.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States