Thursday, September 25, 2008

Controversial Historical Events

On September 25, 2008 teachers participated in a seminar entitled Indian Policy in the New Republic: Promises of the Revolution Denied. This session was conducted by Julia Mize, a Park Ranger with the Boston National Historical Parks.

Teachers were asked to think about the fact that over a period of more than 300 years Native Americans had their traditional lands taken from them, and to consider whether the United States governments should return and/or compensate the various tribes for the land taken illegally.

Treaties between the federal government and Native American tribes were read as preparation for this seminar, and teachers used these treaties as a foundation for their discussion with Julia Mize.

Teachers discussed the challenges of presenting controversial historical events to their students and how these challenges are different in the elementary, middle and high school classrooms.

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