Teaching Historical Thinking

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“The past is never dead”–William Faulkner

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”

Which one of these statements is correct?

This is how Peter Seixas and Carla Peck begin there essay “Teaching Historical Thinking.”  Of course both of these statements–Faulkner and Hartley–are correct.  Seixas and Peck write:

If Faulkner is right, then we need to know a lot about the past to know who we are (individually and collectively) in any deep way.  If Hartley is right, then finding out about the past is no easy matter.  We think they are both right..  Taken together, they show us how big and important and difficult a problem it is to think historically.

This essay is particularly worthwhile for the sample exercises.  Here are a few examples:

On teaching historical significance:

List four significant events in your own life.  Why did you choose these?  Write an…

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