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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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Teaching the Headlines: Climate Crisis and Nuclear War
September 29, 2017

The climate crisis will not announce itself with one giant catastrophic event. No. It will build, as it has this past month, with hurricanes, destroyed homes, flooding, polluted water and air, power outages, wildfires, droughts, and extreme heat. Nor will the effects of the climate crisis be distributed equally throughout the world.

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Banned Books Week: The Right to Teach and Learn People’s History
September 28, 2017

For Banned Books Week 2017 (Sept. 24-30), we highlight a few of the countless attempts to ban people’s history books. In each case, grassroots efforts have succeeded in defeating the book ban.

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Nothing Murky About Columbus’s Legacy
September 3, 2017

Bill Bigelow, Rethinking Schools curriculum editor and Zinn Education Project co-director, wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Times in response to their August 26, 2017, article about statues and Columbus. The following letter was published on September 3, 2017.

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People's History Tool Kit: Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

People’s History Tool Kit — Resources for Teaching Outside the Textbook
September 2, 2017

As the school year gets underway, we share this tool kit to help you bring people’s history to the classroom. Resources include popular lessons, articles, recommended reading, education news, campaigns, and more!

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Victory for Mexican American Studies in Arizona: An Interview with Curtis Acosta
September 1, 2017

In 2010, state lawmakers in Arizona passed legislation that banned courses that “promote resentment toward a race or class of people.” But the legislation was, in reality, specifically targeting a Mexican American Studies program that started decades ago after Black and Latino students filed a desegregation lawsuit.

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False Equivalency of Blaming “Both Sides”
August 17, 2017

In light of President Trump’s comments about “both sides” being to blame for the violence during the white supremacist, Nazi rally in Charlottesville, VA, this past weekend, Kevin M. Kruse, Princeton history professor and author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, shared examples in his Twitter feed about the use of false equivalencies in history.

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