In July of last year San Jose State University (SJSU) announced that it was suspending its use of MOOCs (massive open online courses) for credit because of unsatisfactory completion rates.
The discussion that follows is important to all historians: whether or not you teach U.S. history (or teach at all, for that matter), or work for a public institution, in Texas or elsewhere. This is not because the NAS report from which it springs is particularly compelling.
Recently, a number of AHA members and others have expressed concern and dismay over the future of the Teaching American History (TAH) grants, a program begun virtually single-handedly by Senator Robert C. Byrd in 2003. True, he was the program's devoted supporter who brooked no opposition in growing the program from an initial $50 million appropriation to the present approximately $120 million as a line item in the Department of Education's budget. Now that the senator is gone there are those, in the Obama Administration and elsewhere, who say that history must take second or third place to reading and mathematics, that in the midst of a the most severe recession in several generations the U.S. cannot afford the program, and, some even argue there is no evidence that the TAH program has made much of a difference, or that it has improved history teaching.
Article By: Bruce Craig, former executive director of the National Coalition for History.
Last week, on August 6, 2010, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the most recent recipients of Teaching American History grants. 124 school districts—in 40 states as well as the District of Columbia and American Samoa—are recipients, being awarded $115.3 million in total, funded for a three-year period.
“It is distressingly true that our young people are all too ignorant of American history when they leave high school or even college.” Not a surprising comment for our current times, except it's not from our current times. It's from 1944...
Tuesday’s midterm elections have caused quite a political shift, but what does it all mean for education?