Top 10 Posts of 2013

Posted by Mary Hendra on December 19, 2013

Looking for a way to reflect and re-energize as the year wraps up? Check out these 10 posts - our "top ten" for 2013 based on page views and comments.

  1. Africa-not-a-single-story-posterThe Danger of a Single Story

    The “Danger of a Single Story”, a 2009 TED Talk by Chimamanda Adichie, a young Nigerian author, provides a powerful tool for the Facing History classroom. In the twenty minute video, Adichie describes the powerful impression the multitude of British stories made on her as a young girl growing up in Nigeria. She argues that inherent in the power of stories, is a danger—the danger of only knowing one story about a group.... click here to keep reading

  2. Spiderman's Universe of Obligation

    Peter Parker’s transformation into Spiderman provides my favorite example of an expanding universe of obligation. Some of my students are so young that they haven’t seen the movie. It doesn’t matter, everyone likes a good story.... click here to keep reading

  3. Boston, from a Distance

    Monday morning, as marathon runners and spectators filled the streets of Boston, I had the privilege of introducing Arn Chorn Pond, a survivor of the Cambodian genocide, to the 9th-grade students at Gertz Ressler High School near downtown Los Angeles. The juxtaposition of Arn’s visit and the violence that would break out in Boston later that day became a focus of thought for me as the week unfolded... click here to keep reading

  4. What are we teaching when we teach the "history" of September 11, 2001?

    It’s been 12 years since the attacks of September 11, 2001 shook Manhattan, the United States, and the larger global community. Despite the passage of time, important questions still remain – questions of memory, identity, and how to mark this tragic event that killed more than 3,000 people in and around the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and on Flight 93 over Shanksville, Pennsylvania... click here to keep reading

  5. peer_pressure1Peer Pressure Changes Perspective

    "Most of our most important civic institutions, from elections to jury trials to the very idea of majority rule, depends on dissenting voices. But when the group is literally capable of changing our perceptions, and when to stand alone is to activate primitive, powerful, and unconscious feelings of rejection, then the health of these institutions seems far more vulnerable than we think." ... click here to keep reading

  6. 5 ways to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

    Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, at which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Here are a few resources and teaching strategies to help you or your students critically examine this history using multimedia, text, and primary source documents.... click here to keep reading

  7. 20130820_175523"What ARE you?"

    I wasn’t quite ready eight years ago when my oldest came home from kindergarten with all sorts of questions and insecurities about identity. At age five, she had already been called upon to explain herself to peers who wanted to know, “What ARE you?”... click here to keep reading

  8. Moving Beyond Martin and Zimmerman: Questions for Starting a Constructive Dialogue

    After hearing the verdict earlier this month that Florida neighborhood watch coordinator George Zimmeran was found not guilty in the shooting death of teenager Trayvon Martin, I found myself searching for the right questions to ask in the aftermath of this current-day violence. What I longed for were questions that would help move the dialogue from the simplicity of “blame and shame” and useless labeling to a much more productive place.... click here to keep reading

  9. Giving the World a New Vision

"The world is changed one student at a time.” This was the message from Allida Black to students from four different schools spanning Los Angeles. This blog post is for those students.... click here to keep reading

10. Has a book changed your life? Stack of Books

His questions pushed me to consider what it is I like about the books I like. For me the higher ratings go to books that change my thinking or introduce a new idea. The highest rankings go to the books that touch my heart in such a way that I don’t want the book to end, and I literally turn back to the first page and start over.... click here to keep reading

Next week: Hidden Gems For Inspiration

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