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How Are Educators Using This Moment To Teach The True History Of The US?

Photo by Chloe Collyer
The Youth NAACP Coalition.

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll speak with educators about how they teach subjects not taught or taught inaccurately today’s US history books. With Black Lives Matter actions happening across the country and the removal of statues depicting racist history, how do teachers plan to use this moment to educate students about the true history of this country?

According to a CBS News investigation, there is no national curriculum for teaching US history. They found that seven states do not directly mention slavery in their standards and eight states do not mention the Civil Rights Movement. Only two states mention white supremacy. How should standards be set?


Julian Hipkins, award-winning US history teacher and director of a global studies program at Roosevelt High School in Washington DC

Jesse Hagopian, Ethnic Studies teacher at Garfield High School in Seattle, editor for Rethinking Schools, and co-editor of Teaching for Black Lives

Web Resources: 

Zinn Education Project


Black Lives Matter at School

ABC News: Teachers are reinventing how Black history, anti-racism are taught in schools as system falls short

NPR, Anya K: Q&A: How To Talk To Kids About Black Lives And Police Violence

CBS News: 50 states, 50 different ways of teaching America's past

Rethinking Schools, Jesse Hagopian: How One Elementary School Sparked A Citywide Movement to Make Black Students’ Lives Matter