Future Focused History

Future Focused History

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Mike Maxwell taught history at Mancos High School in southwest Colorado for a dozen years; he has been operating the StudentsFriend.com website for world history teachers since 2001. Future-Focused History calls on history teachers to take charge of history education and restore the power of historical learning. To learn more—and maybe join the cause—visit the Future-Focused History blog at (natur

17/05/2020

40% OF SINGLE MOMS HAVE CHILDREN WHO ARE GOING HUNGRY.*
One dollar provides ten meals. Can you help?
Feeding America: https://bit.ly/3fUphrv

*CBS Face the Nation, May 17, 2020

07/02/2020

HISTORY ISN'T THE ONLY INCOHERENT MISHMASH IN AMERICAN EDUCATION.
An article in the February issue of Educational Leadership magazine says the Common Core Literacy Standards "have led to declines in literacy....One curriculum expert called them 'blithering, poorly thought out abstractions.'" Much the same can be said of standards for Historical Thinking Skills. More info: https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

29/01/2020

BIG SURPRISE! Classroom learning 5 times stronger than ACT scores in predicting college success. Time to dump SAT and ACT and other one-shot high-stakes testing in our schools? How about those AP history exams?
https://diverseeducation.com/article/165315/

Study Finds GPA Stronger Than ACT in Predicting College Success 29/01/2020

BIG SURPRISE! Classroom learning 5 times stronger than ACT scores in predicting college success. Time to dump SAT and ACT?
https://diverseeducation.com/article/165315/

Study Finds GPA Stronger Than ACT in Predicting College Success Contrary to popular belief, students’ high school grade point averages are five times stronger than ACT scores at predicting college graduation. That’s according to a new study published in Educational Researcher. Dr. Elaine Allensworth Conducted by the University of Chicago’s Dr. Elaine M...

16/01/2020

Best wishes for the new decade

Will it be another Roaring 20s? The flapper era brought a new spirit of independence to young women, but let’s hope this go-round is not—like the last 20s—an interlude before a cataclysmic war and a time of stock market excess that brought on a Great Depression. Let’s hope we have learned something from history.

Speaking of useful knowledge gained from prior experience, I recently heard a brief but enlightening (4 minutes long) radio broadcast about what might be “human kind’s greatest strength,” the power of generalization. If interested, visit here: https://futurefocusedhistory.blog/the-power-and-peril-of-generalization/

15/12/2019

HISTORY TEACHER, ARE YOU A PIONEER? Wouldn't you like your students to learn timeless and universal principles of historical knowledge that can be applied in the future? Help to pioneer Future-Focused History teaching: Visit https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

14/12/2019

ELEVEN GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE IDENTIFIED:
Timeless and universal principles that can inform future judgment in the crucial realm of human affairs. View them here: https://bit.ly/38DgR4f

10/12/2019

This is your last chance to vote on 10 principles of historical knowledge. And thanks to those who have already made their selections. Cheers, Mike. https://bit.ly/2XWTQV4

Help us identify 10 key principles of historical knowledge 05/12/2019

PLEASE HELP US to identify 10 important and enduring PRINCIPLES OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE to teach to students in school. You'll be in good company. Make your choices here: https://bit.ly/2XWTQV4

Help us identify 10 key principles of historical knowledge Future-Focused History (FFH) is the straightforward concept that students should learn knowledge that can be used in the future—which is why formal education exists. One of the primary ingredients …

29/11/2019

PLEASE HELP US to identify 10 important and enduring PRINCIPLES OF HISTORICAL KNOWLEDGE to teach to students in school. You'll be in good company. Make your choices here: https://bit.ly/2XWTQV4

21/11/2019

A PROPOSAL TO THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION. I wrote to leaders of the AHA proposing that the AHA develop "a basic structure for effective history education." Some of them responded. https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

31/10/2019

BLASPHEMY AND OUTRAGE! Can you believe that a history teacher would have the unmitigated gall to question the value of Historical Thinking Skills? Utter blasphemy!

Even worse--that the the National Council for the Social Studies would publish such heresy in the pages of their official journal? Wholly outrageous!

YET IT HAPPENED in the October issue of Social Education. See for yourself (if you dare): https://bit.ly/33B5iar

“Historical Thinking Skills: A Second Opinion” 30/10/2019

"HISTORICAL THINKING SKILLS: A SECOND OPINION." Read this thought-provoking article published in Social Education, the official journal of the National Council For the Social Studies. Author Mike Maxwell writes, "Useful thinking requires useful knowledge to think about." Access the article at https://bit.ly/33B5iar.

“Historical Thinking Skills: A Second Opinion” An article by Mike Maxwell is featured in the October 2019 issue of Social Education, the official journal of the National Council For the Social Studies. Mike is the former journalist and history …

17/10/2019

HISTORICAL THINKING SKILLS QUESTIONED in NCSS Journal. The latest issue of Social Education, the official journal of the National Council For the Social Studies, features an article by Mike Maxwell titled "Historical Thinking Skills: A Second Opinion." Maxwell says:"Useful thinking requires useful knowledge to think about." Info at https://bit.ly/33B5iar

04/09/2019

"WE DON'T STUDY HISTORY IN A WAY THAT WE CAN APPLY IT." This was identified as "the biggest challenge we face in all the Western democracies," by Jim Mattis, former commander of US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and former Secretary of Defense, in an interview on National Public Radio. More information at https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

03/09/2019

"WE DON'T STUDY HISTORY IN A WAY THAT WE CAN APPLY IT." This was identified as "the biggest challenge we face in all the Western democracies," by Jim Mattis, former commander of US military forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and former Secretary of Defense, in an interview this morning on National Public Radio.
Let's start teaching history that we can apply. See https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

16/08/2019

SHOUT-OUT FROM STEVEN PINKER. Do you know Steven Pinker, Harvard professor and prominent “public intellectual?” His best-selling books include The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Enlightenment Now.

I just learned that he gave a shout-out to the Future-Focused History blog on his Twitter feed. Thanks, Steve.
https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

06/08/2019

THE FUTURE-FOCUSED HISTORY BLOG HAS LANDED! It calls on history teachers to take charge of history schooling and restore the power of historical learning. Learn more - Sign up - Join the cause at https://futurefocusedhistory.blog

Future-Focused History blog 24/07/2019

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE-FOCUSED HISTORY FACEBOOK PAGE operated by former journalist and history teacher Mike Maxwell. Future-Focused History calls on history teachers to take charge of history schooling and restore the power of historical learning. To learn more, please visit https://futurefocusedhistory.blog.

Mike is the author of two books on history education: “Future-Focused History Teaching: Restoring the Power of Historical Learning” and “The Student’s Friend Concise World history.” More about the “Student’s Friend” is available at studentsfriend.com.

Future-Focused History blog Welcome to the Future-Focused History blog Future-Focused History is the commonsense idea that knowledge from the past can inform judgment in the future, an idea that goes back at least twenty-four centuries to the time of Thucydides in Greece and Sun Tzu in China. Future-Focused History education ...

Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide 13/10/2018

We can't solve global problems with national solutions. I'm taking a break today from promoting my ideas to promoting the ideas of historian Yuval Harari, who offers a valuable shift in perspective. Get the gist in the first 15 min. of this Ted Talk: https://bit.ly/2PxNypG.

Nationalism vs. globalism: the new political divide How do we make sense of today's political divisions? In a wide-ranging conversation full of insight, historian Yuval Harari places our current turmoil in a broader context, against the ongoing disruption of our technology, climate, media -- even our notion of what humanity is for. This is the first....

29/09/2018

"EVERY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, PRINCIPAL, AND HISTORY TEACHER SHOULD READ THIS." That's from an Amazon reader review picked up this week by my book "Future-Focused History Teaching." Thanks C. Parsley, whoever you are. I couldn't agree more. Lookie here: https://amzn.to/2IsrZ7a

08/09/2018

History is unique among school subjects—it doesn't identify general principles derived from its subject matter. So it's unable to fulfill the purpose of education the way other school subjects do, and the cycle of historical ignorance can repeat indefinitely. More information: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1732120102

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Future-Focused History calls on history teachers to take charge of history education and restore the power of historical learning. To learn more—and maybe join the cause—visit the Future-Focused History blog at (naturally enough) futurefocusedhistory.blog.

The Future-Focused History blog is operated by former journalist and history teacher Mike Maxwell, who has been operating the StudentsFriend.com website for history teachers since 2001. He is the author of two complementary books on history education: Future-Focused History Teaching, and The Student’s Friend Concise World History, available from Amazon and other booksellers.