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TUSD dropping its director of Mexican American Studies

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 »
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Zinn Education Project

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 »
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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 »
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Howard Zinn, US historian and activist, dies aged 87

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 »
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The People Speak (Film) | Zinn Education Project: Teaching People's History

The People Speak – Extended Edition: Contents

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."
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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

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 »
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History of a Canal

Poem. By Pablo Neruda. How the history of Panama has been impacted by geography and greed.
Themes: World History/Global Studies
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How Unions Can Help Educate By Promoting Labor History

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 »
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Lies Your Textbooks Tell You About Irish-American History

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 »
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The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools

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 »
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