News and Updates

People’s History Lessons and Student Activism Featured in Washington Post
November 21, 2017

On Monday, The Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy spoke with students and teachers in D.C. who are studying Native American history with lessons from the Zinn Education Project. Tori Blakeney, a 16-year-old student at Capital City Public Charter School (CCPCS), told Milloy,
When I was growing up, I saw the [Disney] movie about Pocahontas and thought, “This is how it happened.” John Smith was portrayed as a good man, and everybody lived happily ever after. Then I began reading about what really happened to the Native Americans, and I was shocked. The genocide, the slaughter made me sad, and I
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Adam Sanchez, Teacher Organizer | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

Bring the New ZEP Organizer to Your City!
November 10, 2017

Thanks to the generous support of a longtime Zinn Education Project (ZEP) supporter and those of you who donated to our campaign, we have hired a full-time ZEP organizer for the 2017-2018 school year!

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Koch Brothers Exploit Pat Tillman’s Legacy
November 9, 2017

For Veterans Day in 2017, the Koch Brothers funded Bill of Rights Institute released a lesson for schools called, “Pat Tillman and Self Sacrifice: A Different Direction.” The lesson exploits the memory of NFL player Tillman, much as the U.S. government did soon after he was killed in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.

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Teaching in the Time of Trump: Year One
November 8, 2017

What do we want the world to look like when today’s high school students graduate? What do students need to learn to become engaged citizens changing their communities and the world for the better? This past year has revealed starkly different possible futures.

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Teen Vogue: ‘Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Myths, Explained’
November 3, 2017

Time to learn the truth
By Adam Sanchez
Earlier this week, Trump’s chief of staff, John Kelly, stated on Fox News that Confederate General Robert E. Lee was an “honorable man” who fought “for his state” and that “the lack of an ability to compromise . . . on both sides” led to the Civil War.

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People’s History Events Coming to Bay Area
October 30, 2017

We want to alert you to two people’s history events coming in November. The Zinn Education Project will have a booth at the National Council for the Social Studies Conference (NCSS) at the Moscone Center, Nov. 17-18. Immediately following the NCSS Conference will be the Howard Zinn Book Fair, Nov. 19 at City College.

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New Way of Teaching Columbus: Putting Him on Trial for Murder
October 9, 2017

By Amy Graff, SFGATE

For decades, every American kid in a schoolyard has known Christopher Columbus as the Italian explorer who “in 1492, sailed the ocean blue.” But that little ditty is being phased out faster than you can name the explorer’s three ships.

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