The History Classroom in an Era of Crisis: A Change of Course Is Needed

By David Pace

This article appeared in the May 2017 issue of Perspectives on History, published by the American Historical Association.

This is not a time for business as usual. In a “post-truth” age of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” historians must ask fundamental questions about our public roles. We might think of ourselves as above the fray, viewing developments with a certain detachment. But as soon as we enter the classroom, we become historical actors whose choices have broad consequences. We have a moral obligation to think seriously about how we, as a discipline, can help strengthen democratic institutions. CONTINUE READING