Get to know your history

If you’re not yet familiar with the Zinn Education Project–a collaboration of Rethinking Schools and Teaching for Change in Washington, D.C.–and the “If We Knew Our History” column–today is a great day to get acquainted with it. Rethinking Schools curriculum editor and co-director of the Zinn Education Project Bill Bigelow wrote the most recent article […]

Indiana’s Anti-Howard Zinn Witch Hunt

by Bill Bigelow Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, one of the country’s most widely read history books, died on January 27, 2010. Shortly after, then-Governor of Indiana Mitch Daniels got on his computer and fired off an email to the state’s top education officials: “This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed […]

Rethinkin’ Lincoln

If you’re thinking about going to see the movie “Lincoln” over the holiday break, first read the latest “If We Knew Our History” column by Rethinking Schools curriculum editor Bill Bigelow. The ongoing “If We Knew Our History” columns at the Zinn Education Project show why it is so important for teachers to “teach outside […]

The Real Irish American Story

Saint Patrick’s Day is approaching, so it’s time for the all-too-brief attention that media and schools pay to Irish American history. Rethinking Schools editor Bill Bigelow has a new article posted at the Huffington Post, “The Real Irish American Story Not Taught in Schools.” Bigelow writes: “Wear green on St. Patrick’s Day or get pinched.” […]