More Teachers Than Ever Teach People’s History
Here are 2015 highlights and plans for 2016 from our Zinn Education Project. Coordinated by Teaching for Change in collaboration with Rethinking Schools, the Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the teaching of people’s history in middle and high school classrooms across the country.
This year, in addition to registering 11,000 new teachers, we also:
- Joined the national campaign to substitute Indigenous Peoples Day for Columbus Day. In the space of just a few days, our article, “Time to Abolish Columbus Day,” had more than 140,000 likes on Common Dreams, the Huffington Post, and AlterNet, and was noted in national news media, including MSNBC and the Washington Post.
- Added seven new lessons on race and displacement and on the environmental crisis.
- Challenged myths and stereotypes through new articles about Selma, slavery at Mount Vernon, the California Missions, Cinco de Mayo, the movement to ban the bomb, and the Voting Rights Act.
- Offered teachers the chance to win class sets of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.
- Featured empowering stories in our profile series: “A People’s History of July Fourth,” “Italian Americans Who Fought for Justice,” and “Native American Activism.”
- Enriched understanding of current events by promoting resources on the people’s history of Muslims in the United States, the Irish Famine, and the Vietnam War.
- Expanded our Facebook network, gaining almost 80,000 new fans, exposing people to history we were never taught in school.
We have big plans for 2016 to:
- Increase the number of full people’s history curriculum units around key themes including slavery, the Civil War, Reconstruction, and labor.
- Support national anti-racist “Change the Name” campaigns.
- Publish articles and lessons developed by educators who teach critically and imaginatively about the climate crisis through our collaboration with This Changes Everything.
- Offer people’s history workshops to deepen our engagement with educators.
- Expand our presence at Teaching for Social Justice conferences.
- Be a major presence at next year’s National Council for the Social Studies conference in Washington, D.C.
Sign up at the Zinn Education Project website to access free downloadable lessons and to receive project updates.
February 1, 2016