The Beauty in Complexity

Posted by Mary Hendra on March 20, 2013

At Facing History we acknowledge, sometimes sheepishly, often boldly, that we complicate things. History would be so "easy" if it was the straight-lined progression it seems from some history textbooks. But, people are complicated. History is complex. Multiple perspectives abound for every moment in history, and individuals face many choices as they go through their day.

For those reasons, this video struck me. Well, that and my father is a nuclear physicist, so I grew up with "Richard Feynman" as a household name.

I like this video, because it reminds me not to be in any way apologetic about complicating history. It strengthens our role as teacher - complicating doesn't mean taking away the beauty of history for our students, but adding to it!

Topics: Critical Thinking

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