In this episode, I focus on history in education. Why study history?
Joining me to discuss these intriguing facets of the study of history is historian of education, Dr. Christopher Berg. He is a history professor specializing in pre-modern World history with research and writing focused on creating a "usable" past that meets the needs of an educated public in the 21st century. He has authored/edited three books: Small Island, Big History: A Modern Panoramic History of Great Britain & Her Empire, Unveiling the Thread of Time: 27 Texts in Greek and World History, and The Palgrave Handbook of History and Social Studies Education.
Once highly regarded in education, the significance of history has gradually faded from the curriculum's forefront into a subject that has increasingly become marginalized within the public school system. However, this trend has not gone unnoticed, as debates surrounding the study of history have emerged with roots tracing back to the 1930s.
In recent years, there has been increased scrutiny surrounding history textbooks, leading some critics to call for their removal from the curriculum with titles such as "Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong" and "Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks and Get Students Excited about Doing History Again.” Nonetheless, simply eliminating textbooks, as often proposed, clashes with the reality experienced in most classrooms. Scholars assert that traditional teaching methods and educational resources like textbooks have the potential to harm students in their current form. However, they also emphasize that these resources can still fulfill a vital role if they adapt to meet the needs of 21st-century students.
The call to action is to appreciate the value of history education and illuminate the path for future generations. It is more than a sidebar subject on the education menu, but rather the backbone of our humanity.
To contact Dr. Christopher Berg or learn more about his publications in history, you can find him on LinkedIn and Academia.edu.
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