Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 1: Why do we look at things from far away and close up?

Note from the BHP Team: In this month’s Big Question post, “The Historian’s Dilemma,” veteran BHP teacher Rachel Hansen presents a predicament of historical proportions: “What should get thrown out of the [hi]story so that the essential narrative survives in a meaningful way?” It’s a head-scratcher, especially as history only gets longer and longer and bigger and … Continue reading Big Q Teacher Takes: Unit 1: Why do we look at things from far away and close up?

The Historian’s Dilemma

Rachel Hansen, BHP Teacher Iowa, USA History is an exercise in storytelling. Like all good storytellers, historians must determine where and how to generalize the narrative to make it both manageable and memorable to the audience. Of course, they must also artfully select moments to dive deep and examine those individual and societal stories that … Continue reading The Historian’s Dilemma

How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?

by Cameron Gibelyou, BHP Science Advisor Michigan, USA Note from the BHP Team: In the face of so many dire predictions of the future and so much uncertainty, where can we find reassurance? In our past, argues BHP Science Advisor, Cameron Gibelyou, in this month’s Big Q article. Cameron contends our future isn’t one certain, … Continue reading How can an understanding of history help us predict the future?