Whatever Happened to High School History?
Burying the Political Memory of Youth, Ontario: 1945-1995
Year Published: 1995
Resource Type: Book
Cx Number: CX21740
A look at how high school history was taught between the 1940's and 1990's, and subsequent decline iof the discipline that used to be a core subject in Canadian secondary education.
Bob Davis examines official high school history teaching and related government policies from the 1940s to the mid-1990s, providing essential background for those concerned with how history will be taught in the 21st century. Davis traces the demise of the old historiographical narrative of progress, the rise of an essentially content-free "skills"-based approach to education, and the emergence of the new orthodoxy of post-modern theory, identifying the weaknesses of each and suggesting fruitful directions for future development of history teaching. Whatever Happened to High School History? is a passionate and insightful account of crisis and decline in a subject that used to be the pillar of the secondary curriculum.