Teaching People’s History Is More Urgent December 30, 2016

D.C. Student Protest, 2016 | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History
Dear friends,

More than 65,000 teachers are helping students learn the truth, and teach outside the textbook. Their role has become all the more urgent.

These teachers are often the only chance students have to learn a different storyone that looks honestly at this country’s long history of exploitation, but one that also features the social movements that have made it more just and equal.

As Oregon teacher Chris Buehler wrote:

The Zinn Education Project is my compass in a sea of corporate textbooks, packaged common core curriculum, and standardized testing.

The Zinn Education Project provides history lessons to teachers that help students become informed citizens who can think critically about the major issues of our time.

Soon we will post new lessons on the Standing Rock struggle in North Dakota and the U.S. Reconstruction era. These are classroom-tested resources to help teachers address the state of the world with their students.

Under Trump, teaching this content will be more necessary, but also more challenging. Teachers already face charges of being un-American for teaching people’s history—for teaching outside the textbook.

We need your help to continue and expand our work in 2017.

Sincerely,

 

Bill Bigelow, co-director of the
Zinn Education Project for Rethinking Schools

Deborah Menkart, co-director of the
Zinn Education Project for Teaching for Change

P.S. Your contribution of $250 will help us meet our 2017 goal of reaching 10,000 new teachers and and more than a million students.

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