Journal of Educational Controversy


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Zinn Education Project

Our readers may want to check out a new website called, Teaching a Peoples History -- the Zinn Education Project.

It is a collaborative effort by Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools.

Influenced by Howard Zinn's classic book, A People's History of the United States, as well as his other works in revisionist history, this website provides educators and viewers lessons and resources for teaching a fuller, broader perspective on the history of the United States. Check it out.


Lorraine Kasprisin said...

We are saddened to learn today of the death of Howard Zinn. Readers can read tributes compiled on Howard Zinn's website:

Howard Zinn, 1922-2010
More information will be forthcoming at

Please see the Democracy Now! tribute:

And from The Progressive:

From The Nation / NPR:

(Please also see the "Howard Zinn Series" of videos on NPR:)


From the Huffington Post:


From the Boston Globe:

From the Washington Post:


From the Associated Press:

Lorraine Kasprisin said...

Something to ponder:

"I don't believe it is possible to be neutral. The world is already moving in certain directions and to be neutral, to be passive in a situation like that is to collaborate with whatever is happening. And I as a teacher don't want to collaborate with whatever is happening in the world. I want myself as a teacher and I want you as students to intercede in whatever is happening in the world."
-Howard Zinn

Lorraine Kasprisin said...

From Rethinking Schools:

Last week, I [Bill Bigelow] interviewed Howard Zinn for the Zinn Education Project, posing questions that we had collected from teachers around the country.

To listen to the interview, go to
and click on the "Authors on Air" icon.

Lorraine Kasprisin said...

Check out Bob Herbert's op-ed piece in the January 29th edition of the N.Y. Times at

In his article, "A Radical Treasure," Herbert raises some interesting questions. Why did Howard Zinn's death not draw "much more attention from a press corps that spends an inordinate amount of its time obsessing idiotically over the likes of Tiger Woods and John Edwards." Why was Howard Zinn considered a radical? Herbert continues his questioning, "What was so radical about believing that workers should get a fair shake on the job, that corporations have too much power over our lives and much too much influence with the government, that wars are so murderously destructive that alternatives to warfare should be found, that blacks and other racial and ethnic minorities should have the same rights as whites, that the interests of powerful political leaders and corporate elites are not the same as those of ordinary people who are struggling from week to week to make ends meet?"

Herbert's op-ed piece makes us realize our scripted lives. If "peeling back the rosy veneer of much of American history to reveal sordid realities that had remained hidden for too long," is considered too radical for the public to ponder, then what are the consequences for the public education it creates for its children?

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