May 10, 2010
By Elisabeth Grant
The May 2010 issue of Perspectives on History, now online, tackles the complex topic of “Controversy in the Classroom.“ AHA President Barbara D. Metcalf sets the tone with her article, “History with Controversy, and History Without” while Perspectives on History Editor Pillarisetti Sudhir explains the theme in his introductory article, “Controversy in the Classroom: A Matter for Debate.”
Controversy in the Classroom
After the introductions, 15 articles follow with advice on how deal with topics like sex, abortion, LGBTQ history, genocide, civil rights, religion, and more in the classroom. Oscar Chamberlain and Anthony Millevolte explain the method of Teaching Old Controversies before New. James Coll explores Using Legal Cases to Discuss Controversial Topics. And Laura Feller takes a look at NPS “Classrooms” and the learning that goes on at national parks.
See all the “Controversy in the Classroom” articles in the May 2010 issue table of contents.
Also in this issue, Executive Director Arnita Jones, who will be retiring at the end of August, presents Miscellaneous Thoughts on Moving On.” She asks, “What would [J. Franklin] Jameson think… of the way I was doing my job?” And she looks at how ideas about the AHA’s future have changed over 125 years.
Two articles from Robert B. Townsend center on sets of recently available data: a report on the growth (or lack thereof) of history salaries and also What the Data Reveals about Women Historians.
Also, Lee White from the National Coalition for History reports about Coalition Testimony on NARA and NHPRC Submitted to House Subcommittee.
This issue also contains two Letters to the Editor (A Correction from DAAD on Age Restrictions and Aging and the Art of History), an update on members for May 2010, and remembrances of Jack R. Pole and Robert James Young.
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