Read Sam Wineburg’s Why Learn History

 

Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone)


Our first reading is an excerpt from Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone) by Sam Wineburg. In this book, Wineburg argues that if we want to educate our students to be citizens who can sift through the mass of information around them and separate fact from fiction, we have to work to give them the necessary critical thinking tools. In this introductory chapter, you’ll understand the importance of using sources with students for more engaging and successful lessons.

As you read, think about the relationship between critical thinking and selecting sources for your class.