Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

History Is for Making Great Citizens

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Toward a character-centered approach to teaching our national story

How ought we to teach U.S. history? Well, why do we think young people should learn U.S. history? To avoid repeating the mistakes of the past, or to fill in facts and figures on a mental timeline? Perhaps we, with Tolstoy, look back on history as a fatal wave sweeping along princes and powers willy-nilly. But perhaps the study of history can ennoble and inspire us — if we allow ourselves to meet the great individuals of the past and learn from their choices and characters.

As students troop back to classrooms this year, there’s a teachable moment to be salvaged

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