FUTURE-FOCUSED HISTORY TEACHING
Restoring the Power of Historical Learning
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In this fresh approach to making historic learning more meaningful, author Mike Maxwell, a teacher, lays out specific, classroom-tested methods based on the commonsense idea that knowledge from the past can inform judgment in the future.
Rather than focusing on the memorization of trivial facts for the next exam, Maxwell reframes history classes as a quest for wisdom that can impact what lies ahead. His fundamentals include five basic principles and five basic problems of history education, a coherent purpose to guide instruction, kinds of historical knowledge relevant to the future, criteria for weighting the importance of different historical events, and four essential cognitive learning strategies compatible with how minds work. Interwoven with and complementing the narrative are multiple charts, timelines, and other figures.