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Why learn history, (when it's already on your phone), Sam Wineburg

Why learn history, (when it's already on your phone), Sam Wineburg
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 183-231) and index
index present
Literary Form
non fiction
Main title
Why learn history
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Responsibility statement
Sam Wineburg
Sub title
(when it's already on your phone)
"Let's start with two truths about our era that are so inescapable as to have become clichés: We are surrounded by more readily available information than ever before. And a huge percentage of it is inaccurate. Some of the bad info is well-meaning but ignorant. Some of it is deliberately deceptive. All of it is pernicious. With the internet at our fingertips, what's a teacher of history to do? Sam Wineburg has answers, beginning with this: We can't stick to the same old read-the-chapter-answer-the-questions snoozefest. If we want to educate citizens who can separate fact from fake, we have to equip them with new tools. Historical thinking, Wineburg shows, has nothing to do with the ability to memorize facts. Instead, it's an orientation to the world that cultivates reasoned skepticism and counters our tendency to confirm our biases. Wineburg lays out a mine-filled landscape, but one that with care, attention, and awareness, we can all learn to navigate. The future of the past may rest on our screens. But its fate rests in our hands."--, Back cover
Table Of Contents
Part 1: Our current plight. Crazy for history ; Obituary for a billion dollars ; Committing Zinns -- Part 2: Historical thinking/=an amazing memory. Turning Bloom's taxonomy on its head ; What did George think? -- Part 3: Thinking historically in a digital age. Changing history ... one classroom at a time ; Why Google can't save us -- Part 4: Conclusion: Historical hope. "Famous Americans" : the changing pantheon of American heroes
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