I love giving my students something they have been denied for too long – history. History is ugly, raw, and exposed, and it deserves to be taught diligently. It is where we witness the development of character, society, religion, and government. I place my students in historical situations and surround them with difficult choices. I watch them wrestle with opposing views and peripheral ideas. I relish facilitating those processes and watching students struggle, fight, and grow.
Character is borne from the events we experience and people we encounter. All life is cause and effect, action and reaction, vision and heritage. History provides the greatest opportunity for students to see mistakes made, tragedies overcome, recoveries formed, and victories achieved. Whether a result of careful historical study or an honest observation, students develop character, growing and adapting along the way. Accurate history, emphasized in our classrooms, ensures such positive growth and civil discussion.