Background Reading for Teachers PDF. By Howard Zinn. 1994. Interview conducted by Barbara Miner on a number of questions about the study of history.
– What do you see as some of the major problems in how US history has been taught in this country?
– How do you prevent history lessons from becoming a recitation of dates and battles and Congresspersons and presidents?
– How can teachers foster critical thinking so that students don’t merely memorize a new, albeit more progressive set of facts?
– Is it possible for history to be objective?
Interview conducted by Barbara Miner.
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