Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Best of times, worst of times...

Today I read an article about how students are not retaining history any more. It's a combination of learning facts in isolation (dates and names versus the effect of an event), the quantity of learning (history keeps growing but time to learn it doesn't), and what's required for state tests (can be very trivia focused, which can lead to many shallow lessons versus deep lessons on one subject). I was shocked that high school kids couldn't remember the difference between what happened in 1860 and 1960! 

Time for a video game overhaul. Or make history class as cool as the movie 300.