A Community of People’s History Teachers Grows May 24, 2016

60,000 Registered Teachers Teaching Outside the Textbook | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

This month, we reached the milestone of 60,000 teachers teaching outside the textbook. Each year, the Zinn Education Project grows by an average of 10,000 teachers.

Why are so many teachers signing up to use people’s history lessons from the Zinn Education Project? Here’s just a few of the many reasons we’ve heard:

I love the Zinn Education Project. It is much needed and provides hope and support.—Carolina Gutierrez, elementary school teacher, Garfield, New Jersey

The Zinn Education Project is my compass in a sea of corporate textbooks, packaged common core curriculum, and standardized testing. My entire curriculum is based on lessons that can be found on the Zinn Education Project. —Chris Buehler, high school social studies teacher, Portland, Oregon

The Zinn Education Project has not just put together a wealth of great resources. You’ve also taken the time to differentiate and activate the material. What this leads to is a richer classroom experience for both teacher and student. —Brian Levinson, high school social studies teacher, West Windsor, New Jersey

These lessons give a voice to great Americans who are too often forgotten. A close examination of the people’s history empowers my students to use their own voices. —Suzanne Arthur, high school social studies teacher, Salt Lake City, Utah

60,000 Registered Teachers Teaching Outside the Textbook | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Map of where teachers are bringing people’s history to the classroom. Click for a larger view.

Our Facebook page (website version) also continues to grow with more than 245,000 people learning the history they were not taught in school. For example, our “This Day in History” post on May 4 marked the anniversary of the Kent State Massacre, and referenced the less-known Jackson State and Orangeburg Massacres. Tom Blakely wrote:

I have never until now known about the Orangeburg Massacre. Unbelievable the news of it was and has continued to be so suppressed. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about the student protests, the Kent State murders, Panther assassinations, and other atrocities during those times. My appreciation to the Zinn Education Project.

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