James Loewen, author of Lies My Teacher Told Me, Lies Across America, and Sundown Towns, has added to his Portland stay. I already posted about his 10/15 program at Lewis and Clark College. Now, he’s added a program the following day. From the L & C site:
Teaching What Really Happened
The teaching of U.S. history and social studies in grades K-12 is in crisis. National surveys show these are students least-liked subjects. Students do especially poorly in them, compared to students in other nations. The performance gap between “haves” and “have nots” (affluent white males vs. poor nonwhite females, say) is greater in history than any other discipline. Just teaching the textbook isn’t working.
In this workshop, Loewen will suggest some ways to teach history that DO work. He will cover organizing the course, going beyond the textbook, getting students doing history themselves, and expecting a lot from every student. The workshop will also cover several content areas, including secession and the Nadir of Race Relations.
Date: October 16th, 2009
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Thayer, Lewis & Clark
Educators: $60, lunch included
Students(with ID): free of charge, optional box lunch fee $10
Please register with the following form and send it to
Center for Community Engagement
0615 SW Palatine Hill Rd, MSC 85
Portland, OR 97219