Why I Dropped Everything And Started Teaching Kendrick Lamar’s New Album

Originally posted on Brian Mooney:
When Kendrick Lamar released his sophomore album, To Pimp A Butterfly (2015), I was in the middle of teaching a unit on Toni Morrison’s novel, The Bluest Eye (1970). My freshmen students were grappling with some big ideas and some really complex language. Framing the unit as an “Anti-Oppression” study,…

Confederates Did Not Win On the Battle Field, but Won In History.

Textbooks about American history are usually white washed, predominately male orientated, and down plays or omit parts of history. The most common narrative that seems to do this is the chapters about secession and the civil war. The big debate seems to be, “was slavery a major factor in why the South seceded from the … More Confederates Did Not Win On the Battle Field, but Won In History.

The Conspirator

Using film in the classroom as a teaching tool, has seemed to be questioned by teachers in most history classrooms. Movie producers and directors that make movies want their film to be used in the classroom, but they not historians and that can create many flaws to a historical film. When there are films about … More The Conspirator

Should Hollywood Have the Last Say About History?

“The Conspirator” directed by Robert Redford is about the trial of Mary Surratt, the first women to hanged by the federal government. I remember going to see this movie in theaters when first came out. I remember feeling angry and disgusted by the way the judges and society was treating Mary Surratt. Thinking to myself, … More Should Hollywood Have the Last Say About History?

It’s Time to Make A Radical Move in Teaching History!

As students go through school they should be learning how to ask compelling questions and supporting questions, but students are finding it harder to do so because it requires higher level thinking skills. Not saying that students do not engaging higher level thinking skills everyday but it seems to become a challenge in the classroom … More It’s Time to Make A Radical Move in Teaching History!