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Another Way to Think About the Value of Holocaust Education

I’m working on a YA life and times of J. Edgar Hoover, and in order to make sense of him I have to give my readers the context of the shifting worlds of communism and anti-communism before during and after World War II. To help frame that discussion I looked up how many Russians (surely that […]


I trust all of you have seen this — the next step in the move to have national, rather than state, standards for K-12 education. In particular, the emphasis on historical literacy. This may well be very good news — or at least it has the potential to be. But I’ve been thinking more […]

Mix and Match

Is Embedding Hyperlinks Into Print Books a Step Forward, Or Backward? John W. Glenn, my intrepid and wide-reading packaging partner (we create books together) sent me this link, This is an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education about a professor who writes books meant to be read in print, but with hyperlinks that work […]

The Primary Source Problem

Last week when we were talking about the Texas School Board, a couple of posts here and in connection with the brief article in SLJ asked why we couldn’t move away from all interpretations of history and instead give kids facts, or have them build up their sense of history from primary sources. I love […]