"Getting Your Money's Worth" with Judith West
|Christopher L. Doyle|
- History Teacher, Farmington High School, Connecticut
It's hard to believe, but current events do not appear on Advanced Placement exams, according to Christopher Doyle, history teacher at Farmington High School in Connecticut. "I get a sense that on a certain level of civics education, we are failing these kids," Doyle says. Fortunately, Doyle has six weeks after the final Advanced Placement exam when he can focus on current events. He exposes his students to flesh and blood people such as a Navy medic who can talk about what if felt like to be in the first troops sent to Iraq. Otherwise, the current war in Afghanistan and the involvement in Iraq are "just background noise" in their lives. "My goal is to mess with students' minds teaching them to put all this disparate information together into a larger picture that makes sense." Doyle talks more about the importance of teaching history with Judith West on Getting Your Money's Worth.
Themes: Education, Kids
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