Full STEAM Ahead?

Is your school or district looking ever more intensely at STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) centric course offerings with Common Core overtones? Has the art department begun their argument that it should be called STEAM because the arts, after all, are at the center of creativity. Are social studies offerings falling outside the “preferred” list? […]

The Butler as I See It

I just read Norm’s description/critique of The Butler and I agree with most of what he says. But I would like to emphasize that the film is so much more than what happened to one family. Many of us lived through the Civil Rights Eras of the 50’s and 60’s and all the events that […]

The Butler is Powerful

Recently saw The Butler and enjoyed it immensely. I went in expecting it to be more of an expose of what went on in the White House “behind closed doors” but was pleased to find that the primary story was that of Cecil Gaines and his family. We focus on the politics of Washington DC […]

Summer’s Wonderful Baltic Cruise has History Lesson

My wife and I, along with 3 other couples, all dear friends, cruised the Baltic Sea this past July. We had 12 days of ideal weather and enjoyed all the ship’s amenities (Celebrity Cruise lines – highly recommended). Our ports were Amsterdam, Rostock, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Talinn, and Copenhagen. All were beautiful and really […]

Making (Funding) History

History is sometimes in textbooks, nonfiction volumes or library shelves back in the “dusty” stacks. Hollywood has produced a lot of documentary or dramatized film and recently digital video you can find via the Intenet. However, much more often the actual visual records of  history are in the photo albums of families. You can go […]

NCSS National Convention Coming to Boston in 2014

NCSS National Conference Update   November 21-23, 2014 seems a long way off, but yet for the NCSS National Convention and those dates in Boston, it is right around the corner. The Conference’s theme is Let Freedom Ring! The Civic Mission of Our Schools and NCSS has already contracted with the Hynes Convention Center and […]

Music and History

13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments The music is up-to-date, but the theme of the lyrics is Freedom and the Amendments freeing the slaves in the U.S. after the Civil War. The SoundCloud web site provides streaming audio so you can easily set up the opportunity to play this engaging, meaningful song from a group called […]