By Jeff Biggers In honor of embattled Mexican American Studies director Sean Arce’s leadership role in “one of the most significant and successful public school initiatives on the teaching of history in the U.S.,” the Zinn Education Project announced its selection of Tucson’s beloved educator as the inaugural recipient of the 2012 Myles Horton Education... Read more »
Bill Bigelow is an educator and activist who taught social studies in the Portland Public Schools for more than 30 years. Though he has left the classroom as a full-time teacher, he is actively involved in the U.S. educational system through his work with both Rethinking Schools, a quarterly magazine that focuses on critical issues... Read more »
By Alexis Huicochea | Photo by Benjie Sanders The Tucson Unified School District will not be renewing the contract for Sean Arce, the director of its Mexican American Studies program. TUSD Superintendent John Pedicone would not comment on why the decision was made, saying only that the Governing Board was “not willing to renew his... Read more »
By Susan Gaissert I’ve read many articles written by Howard Zinn. I’m ashamed to say that I have never read his entire book, A People’s History of the United States: 1492 to Present, but I plan to. Howard Zinn, who died on January 27, 2010 at age 87, told a different story about America, one... Read more »
A lesson on voting rights — and suppression — during a pandemic that students won’t learn in textbooks
With a presidential election months away and uncertainty about whether and how the pandemic might affect it, here is a lesson for students and everybody else on the history of voter suppression in this country. It was written by Ursula Wolfe-Rocca, who has taught high school social studies since 2000. She is on the editorial... Read more »
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A bill introduced to the General Assembly on Thursday, March 2 would ban public schools in Arkansas from using books from best-selling author and historian Howard Zinn. House Bill 1834, introduced by Representative Kim Hendren(R-Gravette), would ban books by Zinn from the years 1959 until 2000 for being used in public... Read more »
Beyond slavery and the civil rights movement: Teachers should be integrating black history into their lessons
This Black History Month has been packed with controversy, with scandals and headlines revolving around blackface dominating the national conversation. But some say the singular focus on blackface distracts from the larger issues — namely, how little is known about the nation’s deeply racist history, and what is — and isn’t — taught about the black American... Read more »
By Elizabeth Limbach The wall behind Jeff Matlock’s desk is covered with photographs and paintings of his heroes from American history: Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Abraham Lincoln, and Jane Adams among them. There is a photograph of women marching down Pennsylvania Avenue in 1913 with a sign that reads, “I wish Ma could vote!”... Read more »
Article. By Howard Zinn. 1999. Liner notes to "Fellow Workers" album by Ani DiFranco and Utah Phillips on the hidden history of the modern U.S. labor movement.
Angelica Chavez, an 11th grade U.S. history teacher at Adolfo Camarillo High School, was one of 20 teachers selected by the Zinn Education Project to receive a free class set of 25 copies of “A People’s History of the United States,” a copy of the film “The People Speak” and the books “A Young People’s... Read more »
Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87 The American historian, playwright and author of the bestseller A People’s History of the United States, which presents a leftist view of US history, has died By Alison Flood American historian, playwright and social activist Howard Zinn died yesterday, aged 87. The author of the million-plus... Read more »
Film Chapter and Contents. Directed by Howard Zinn, Chris Moore, and Anthony Arnove. 2009. 110 minutes. Dramatic readings and performances based on "Voices of a People's History" and "A People's History of the United States."
By Bill Bigelow “Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing. Sadly, today’s high school textbooks continue to largely ignore... Read more »
Squeezed between the devastation of the U.S. Civil War and the excesses of the Gilded Age, the pivotal era of Reconstruction doesn’t always get the attention it deserves in grade-school history classrooms. Victoria Smalls wants to change that. A veteran public historian who has worked for Charleston’s planned International African American Museum and Saint Helena... Read more »
Program: Special Programming: Public Affairs Air date: Fri, 01/29/2010 – 7:00am – 8:30pm 3:00 – Tribute to Howard Zinn, who died on January 27th, 2010 (including a live tribute by radio legend David Barsamian) Listen to Bill Bigelow interviewing Howard Zinn on January 19th
On March 2, 2017, the Arkansas Times revealed that Republican State Rep. Kim Hendren had introduced a bill intended to outlaw the teaching of “books or any other material authored by or concerning Howard Zinn” in Arkansas public schools. Zinn, a historian who passed away in 2010, is best known for his work, A People’s History of the United States,... Read more »
Poem. By Pablo Neruda. How the history of Panama has been impacted by geography and greed.
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The future of labor unions is tenable not only because of political efforts to suppress them, but also because of pedagogical oppression. American schools are not teaching students about labor unions and their fight against economic injustice. Ask any young American what they know about labor unions, and you will likely get the same response. This points to... Read more »
Portland teacher Bill Bigelow breaks it down. You’re probably wearing green and pining for a Guinness right about now. That’s cool. Happy St. Paddy’s Day! But Bill Bigelow, a master educator in Portland who taught at Franklin and Jefferson high schools for years, wants you to honor Irish Americans in a different way. Bigelow, curriculum... Read more »
By Bill Bigelow Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” That pretty much sums up the Irish American “curriculum” that I learned when I was in school. Yes, I recall a nod to the so-called Potato Famine, but it was mentioned only in passing.What is not often taught in schools or known by... Read more »