There’s still more to report from Denver and the PoCC. But it’s taken me a week to re-enter the atmosphere from the mile-high city.
And last week after returning home, I had the rare opportunity to sit and watch television – YES, television!
It was glorious and interactive. While I was feverishly sending my tweets to C-Span’s Book Talk (message board), a black woman phoned the station and accused the guest, Joy Hakim of not having blacks represented in her history books. I cringed because Joy’s history books are the most inclusive books you’ll ever read. And her response to the caller was most appropriate, "you need to read my books."
I started using Joy Hakim’s A History of US, in my classes eight years ago. Back then I was disillusioned by the traditional history books (and still am) I was left with, and was determined to have my students leave that year, LOVING HISTORY. Up until then, they hated it. So here comes Ms. Hakim, a former teacher and newspaper editorial writer, who authored a 10-volume "A History of US" and the 3-volume "The Story of Science." If you aren’t familiar with her, check out this 3-hour video that’s worth every minute, and then pass it along to educators who want more out of history. You may even catch my televised tweet at 43-minutes in.