It’s Time to Revise History (and Civics)


The old way of teaching history and civics should be put in the past. According a new Woodrow Wilson Foundation report, only 27% of those under the age of 45 have a basic understanding of American history. Passive instruction, reliance on textbooks and lectures and memorization simply do not work. The panel will explore the Wilson Report and how classrooms are revising history and civics teaching through problem solving, critical thinking, and interactive pedagogies such as games and role play.

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  1. Explore the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation’s Reimagining American History Report, discuss what it means for the American classroom.
  2. Show why history and civics must teach more than dates and names and how it must focus on understanding why things happen and applying those lessons.
  3. Explore how interactive games and other tools engage students in history and make the lessons of the past more relevant to today.



Jacob Berkman, Founder, One Allen Communications

Meta Information:

  • Tags: curriculum design, instruction
  • Event: EDU
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Policy & Civic Engagement
  • Session Focus Area
  • Level: Basic Understanding

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