A Website dedicated to World History Content.
Why is this class different?
I spend a great deal of time trying to show students why all of this information matters to them. My approach to this is two-fold. First, I try to show the complexity of history through connecting what historians do to sifting through current events to try to find the relative truth. This process allows students to realize that history is far more malliable than they walk into class thinking. Second, I try to show them the many times that this content is seen in pop culture, so that they understand that they will see this information in their lives.
I do my best to get students to think critically about what we learn. Once we get past the basics, we move on to what lessons to take from these issues. The thematic units give students the opportunity to find the answers to current questions using history as a guide.
Lessons From History
"To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous"
Confucius (551-479 BCE)
"Don't be in a hurry to condemn because he doesn't do what you do or think as you think or as fast. There was a time when you didn't know what you know today."
Malcolm X (1925-1965 CE)
"To be conscious that you are ignorant of the facts is a great step to knowledge."
Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881 CE)
"The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy"
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968 CE)
"If there hadn't been women we'd still be squatting in a cave eating raw meat, because we made civilization in order to impress our girlfriends."
Orson Welles (1915-1985 CE)
How different would international travel be if you got to go with your friends to these locations?
I generally try to take an international trip every other year to locations which the students in class help to choose. Our current trip is set for the summer of 2021 and we will be hitting Spain, Italy and Greece.