A recent article in the Washington Post discussed a curriculum designed to help history teachers explore the post-Civil War era of Reconstruction with their students. What interests us about the article is not just the topic, but the nonprofits behind it.
Michigan teacher James Gorman, watching on television as white supremacists marched at the University of Virginia, decided his students should learn about similar events that took place 150 years ago. To do so, he turned to a tool called Teach Reconstruction, a curriculum developed by the Zinn Education Project. The curriculum provides accounts of how politicians made decisions, helps students see the impact of these decisions on the country, and shows some parallels with our society today.