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weblog on matters of curriculum, maintained by Tony Whitson

this blog has moved

June 19, 2008 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

I should have posted this a couple years ago, when this blog was moved and continued at

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Book TV: Travels of a T-Shirt, and National Book Festival

September 29, 2006 by · 2 Comments · blog, BookTV, Social Studies

note: if you would like to know about any rebroadcasts of the T-Shirt program in future weekends, use the RSS feed.  See
http://tonywhitson.edublogs.org/2006/09/03/booktv-notification/
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The weekend schedule for CSpan-2 is at
http://www.booktv.org/schedule/ .

A big chunk of time this weekend will be live coverage of the National Book Festival, which means the scheduling is more flexible and we don’t have descriptions of author presentations that were previously recorded. The advance agenda does have several people who would be of interest for social studies teaching, however (see below). In terms of current events, it looks like there will be a live interview of Bob Woodward, who is breaking news this week with material from his new book.

The one pre-recorded program that I’m planning to record for use in teaching is The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade, by Pietra Rivoli, scheduled for 5:00am Monday morning EDT: [Read more →]

Wikipedia, ID-creationism, and “banned books”

September 28, 2006 by · No Comments · blog, Evolution, media

I emailed a Wikipedia insider about the recent flap over ID folk inserting Of Pandas and People into the list of “banned books” in an article on that topic. His reply includes relevant links, as well as a link for Casey Luskin’s post ”putting Wikipedia on notice” about the anti-ID bias in Wikipedia science articles. (!)

The upshot is that there are other ways to handle this besides unending edit wars. [Read more →]

UK anti-evolutionists seek to lure parents with new website

September 25, 2006 by · No Comments · blog, Evolution

see http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/news_syndication/article_060925evolut.shtml

racist revisionism in MD politics

September 24, 2006 by · No Comments · blog, Social Studies

At People For the American Way, the Right Wing Watch project reports on the radio ad in Maryland which was ‘apparently intended to boost the Senate candidacy of Michael Steele, [by urging] African Americans to stop voting for Democrats, because, among other things, “Democrats passed those black codes and Jim Crow laws” and “Democrats started the Ku Klux Klan.”’ [click here, or ‘the radio ad’ link above, to play the audio]

To his credit, Steele has denounced the ad; and folks in MD are confident that the state’s population knows better than to be taken in by this distortion of historical lineages that is obviously calculated to exploit what the ad’s sponsors apparently presume to be their target audience’s ignorance of history.

For Curriculum and Social Studies, it seems to me this provides an example of the importance of the state of social/historical understanding in the generally-educated population (i.e., folks not prepared as disciplinary specialists). It is in this context that I understand the purport of Lynne Cheney’s attempts to undermine the influence of historians like Howard Zinn by churning out soporific sing-song books and dry recitals of names and dates to take the place real history.

What do you think?

Florida law: history is fact–not constructed

September 24, 2006 by · No Comments · Law & Policy, Social Studies

After this bill was passed by the Florida legislature and was waiting for Jeb Bush’s signature, I posted these pages from the omnibus 2006 Florida Education Law to a couple of email lists that I am on. 

I have recently received requests from a couple people who want to make this available to their students but were not able to retrieve it from my earlier post on their list. So here it is again in a more permanently accessible location.