Critical History of Current Events



Teaching About Ferguson

In August 2015, Teaching for Change compiled lessons and resources for the classroom to help students think critically about the events in Ferguson and ways to be proactive in their own communities.. Here are the lessons and here are some of the responses (positive and negative.)


Put Central America on the Map in Schools

With Central American immigration in the news, Teaching for Change digitized many of the lessons produced during the early years to make them available for free download by teachers. The staff also developed new lessons and offers workshops in schools.

A march of 15,000 in Harlem in solidarity with Selma voting rights struggle. World Telegram & Sun photo by Stanley Wolfson. Library of Congress.

Teaching About Selma

In preparation for the 50th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery Marches, Teaching for Change worked with a major scholar on the movement to develop a widely popular article called “The Selma Voting Rights Struggle: 15 Key Points from Bottom-Up History and Why It Matters Today” and a lesson called “Stepping into Selma.”


If We Knew Our History

The series If We Knew Our History (part of our Zinn Education Project) features articles by teachers, journalists, and scholars that highlight inadequacies in the history textbooks published by giant corporations and that too often find their way into our classrooms. The premise is that if we knew our history, the world would be a better place. Articles in this series puncture myths and stereotypes, but they also discuss why it is so important that our students have access to a richer “people’s history” that questions inequality and highlights efforts to create a more just society. Some of the most popular and timely articles have been on textbook lies about the Iraq War, the Irish Potato Famine (and implications for food security today) on St. Patrick’s Day, The Black History of the White House on Presidents Day, and more.