Monthly Archives: August 2010

Relevant History – Iraq

As the last of the U.S. combat forces exit Iraq this week, it is worth pausing along with the rest of the country to consider the relevant history implications. Others have left that particular piece of real estate before without … Continue reading

Posted in Relevant History | Comments Off

College For All – Too Expensive?

We all know that if college for all is a goal, then the costs must be kept in check. Earlier we had discussed the relative value of a college education for everyone. Basic supply and demand suggest that if everyone … Continue reading

Posted in history sucks, Relevant History, textbooks, writing | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

Relevant History – Why Historians are Having Trouble

Writing a book about one's passion is a lot of fun, but sometimes we just have to ask if it is relevant. I came across this work today while reading a story on Digg about the “12 Most Ridiculous Books” … Continue reading

Posted in history sucks, Relevant History, writing | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off

Relevant History – Afghanistan, The Graveyard of Empires

See, this is why we should be studying relevant history. The phrase “Graveyard of Empires” has been in the news quite a bit lately as the United States government ponders strategies for the Afghan war. Of course, it was also … Continue reading

Posted in Relevant History, writing | Tagged , , | Comments Off

College for All – Myth?

Is college for all a myth? Salon.com’s Micahel Lind recently discussed the relative value of a college education for the work force, and how the country came to the consensus that college was for everyone. Lind has the cajones, to use … Continue reading

Posted in history sucks, Relevant History, writing | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

History is Relevant – Slate’s commentary on public amnesia

Anne Applebaum understands that history is relevant. Monday’s post to Slate.com regarding the public amnesia regarding skyrocketing U.S. debt and deficits demonstrates that as a people we have very little reverence for history. That needs to change. Applebaum shows that … Continue reading

Posted in Relevant History | Tagged , , | Comments Off

History is Relevant – Corning’s Example of Why History is Relevant

History is relevant to study, and I can demonstrate why. Corning is coming out with a new product for touch screens and televisions; except that the product is not new. It was a product called Gorilla Glass, and it was invented … Continue reading

Posted in Relevant History | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Plagiarism – Writing Original History

Plagiarism in history class is a major problem. I was just reading an article from the New York Times about how students today are approaching information without regard to its authorship. That is a problem we’ve noticed and are trying … Continue reading

Posted in history sucks, textbooks, writing | Tagged , , | Comments Off

History Class Sucks – How We Can Fight That Statement

We've heard our students mumble in the hall outside that “history class sucks.” I personally like to stand outside the classroom on the first day wearing my aviator shades and standing quietly while the students complain about crashing, and how … Continue reading

Posted in history sucks, textbooks | Tagged , , , | Comments Off

History as Skill – Making History Relevant As A Mission

At Cutting Edge History, we’re advocating what we’re calling “History as Skill.” History isn’t something that you need to remember, its something that you do. All of our textbooks are built around that system. Now, that may seem like a … Continue reading

Posted in Relevant History, Uncategorized, writing | Comments Off