Change is impossible without challenge, and progress cannot be made without perspective. We must trust our teachers to foster the critical thinking and research skills necessary for students to grapple with the many undercurrents of the diverse and difficult aspects of our history.
National History Day’s Executive Director, Cathy Gorn, spoke with Great.com about improving the teaching and learning of history in middle and high schools in the USA, and how research projects allow children to be creative and independent thinkers.
We know that critical thinking is crucial, and historical perspective is paramount. We must continue to foster the empathy our students need to understand each other and the world around them. The most effective way to do that is through the study of history.
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