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Modern Day Teaching: What It Is and Why It Is Important

NOTE: This article only pertains to pedagogy in response to the exclusive use of teacher-centered learning. The focus of this article is on the importance of incorporating student-centered learning.  The art of modern day teaching (pedagogy) is drastically different from that of the 50s, 80s, even the 90s, and early

The 1619 Project: An Ideology of Destruction

The 1619 Project’s goal of having Americans destroy their own country is far more dangerous than the severe inaccuracies presented in its poorly written, uncited essays. The false facts presented in the essays of the project will be discovered and debunked quickly by students with a thorough corroboration of reliable

Lesson: The Captains of Industry

Contrary to what many may believe, the government is not what made America a superpower. America’s growth and prosperity began much like the nation did itself, with determined, innovative individuals brave enough to take a risk. Businesses are born out of a dream to achieve greatness, and greatness is not

Lesson: The Space Race

The Cold War put rival economies to the test on the world stage with the thriving capitalism of the United States overpowering the failing communism of the Soviet Union. The United States, ready for the challenge, proved to be the superior force in what became known as the Space Race.

Lesson: The Culper Spy Ring

Many stories of those who made a difference in the course of American history go untold, or receive little acknowledgement. When learning about espionage of the American Revolution, and other time periods, it is not a topic just to gloss over a few facts and move on; rather, these stories

Lesson: The Origins of Capitalism

As students begin to learn about the growth of America as a superpower, it is important for them to know what made it possible. Among the many reasons America became so powerful is its roots in capitalism. Students should understand the origins of capitalism according to its founder Adam Smith

Lesson: First Black Americans in Congress

After the Civil War ended, Republicans were determined to secure the rights of the freedmen. The passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were landmark accomplishments in the fight for equal opportunity for African-Americans. Although the end of the Reconstruction Era would see severe challenges and limitations to the

Lesson: Patriots vs. Loyalists

The decision to support independence or not is one that students should empathize with by understanding the risks involved with either choice. Not enough time is given to learning about patriots, and not enough information is used when students do learn about them. The colonists identifying as a patriot or

Lesson: Japanese Internment

There are many misconceptions about Japanese internment during WWII. In order to evade such misconceptions, students will read an interview between members of the Veteran’s History Project at the LOC and someone who experienced the internment, Warren Michio Tsuneishi. While his insight gives students a glimpse into the hardships of