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Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) By Sam Wineburg

Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) by Sam Wineburg

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Wineburg has become the go-to guy for helping people, both teachers and administrators, think about how to teach kids history. This book is an accessible account of how we've tried to do it, why and how we've failed, and how we could do better.

Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) Summary

Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) by Sam Wineburg

Let's start with two truths about our era that are so inescapable as to have become cliches: We are surrounded by more readily available information than ever before. And a huge percentage of it is inaccurate. Some of the bad info is well-meaning but ignorant. Some of it is deliberately deceptive. All of it is pernicious. With the internet always at our fingertips, what's a teacher of history to do? Sam Wineburg has answers, beginning with this: We definitely can't stick to the same old read-the-chapter-answer-the-questions-at-the-back snoozefest we've subjected students to for decades. If we want to educate citizens who can sift through the mass of information around them and separate fact from fake, we have to explicitly work to give them the necessary critical thinking tools. Historical thinking, Wineburg shows us in Why Learn History (When it's Already on Your Phone), has nothing to do with test prep-style ability to memorize facts. Instead, it's an orientation to the world that we can cultivate, one that encourages reasoned skepticism, discourages haste, and counters our tendency to confirm our biases. Wineburg draws on surprising discoveries from an array of research and experiments-including surveys of students, recent attempts to update history curricula, and analyses of how historians, students, and even fact checkers approach online sources-to paint a picture of a dangerously mine-filled landscape, but one that, with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate. It's easy to look around at the public consequences of historical ignorance and despair. Wineburg is here to tell us it doesn't have to be that way. The future of the past may rest on our screens. But its fate rests in our hands.

Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) Reviews

"A sobering and urgent report from the leading expert on how American history is taught in the nation's schools. Wineburg offers a set of timely and elegant essays on everything from the nuttiness of standardized testing regimes to the problems kids have, in the age of the internet, in knowing what's true, and what's not--problems that teachers have, too, along with everyone else. A bracing, edifying, and vital book."--Jill Lepore

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NGR9780226357218
9780226357218
022635721X
Why Learn History (When It's Already on Your Phone) by Sam Wineburg
New
Paperback
The University of Chicago Press
2018-09-17
240
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