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August 14, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Teaching About Confederate Monuments

As witnessed by this past weekend’s events, monuments to the Confederacy continue to be used by white supremacists to support their ideology.

I’ve shared many other related resources (see A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More), but I thought a specific one on these monuments might be helpful to teachers.

Feel free to let me about about ones I’ve missed:

I’ve previously posted Read, Listen, Watch New Orleans Mayor’s Speech On The Removal Of Confederate Monuments and New PBS News Hour Video Segment: “Why Confederate monuments are coming down.”

Confederate Monuments and Their Removal seems like a decent lesson plan from the Anti-Defamation League.

The debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War makes an interesting point about a difference between “memory” and “history.” I might use it in IB Theory of Knowledge.

Confederate Monuments and the ‘Searing Truth’ is a lesson idea from The Morningside Center.

As Confederate Monuments Come Down, Teachers Wrestle With Class Discussion is from Ed Week.

Debate over US Confederate monuments intensifies is from Al Jazeera.

Robert E. Lee Topples From His Pedestal is from The Atlantic.

August 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Don’t Be A Sucker”: Anti-Fascist Video Made By U.S. Military In 1943 Relevant Today

A short clip from this video has been making the rounds on Twitter today.

I could definitely see showing the first six minutes in class and asking students to reflect on how it might, and might not, connect to events that we are experiencing today.

Here’s a description of the video:

Don’t Be a Sucker! is a short educational film produced by the U.S. War Department in 1943 and re-released in 1947. The film depicts the rise of Nazism in Germany and warns Americans against repeating the mistakes of intolerance made in Nazi Germany. It emphasizes that Americans will lose their country if they let themselves be turned into “suckers” by the forces of fanaticism and hatred.

You can read more about the film at this Atlantic article about it.


August 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Check-out The #CharlottesvilleCurriculum

Crazy stuff is happening in Charlottesville this weekend.

Check out the #CharlottesvilleCurriculum for useful resources on how to talk with students about it. You might also be interested in A Collection Of Advice On Talking To Students About Race, Police & Racism.

UPDATE: I originally learned about it from Jenn Binis, and the hashtag and idea was originally created by Melinda Anderson.

I’m adding this post to:

The Best Social Media-Created “Syllabuses” About Current Events

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More

I’m not sure how embedding Twitter timelines work. This widget may just include tweets up to the point I embedded it and not add new ones. If that’s the case, just click on the hashtag and it will lead you to the more recent tweets.

August 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Wild & Depressing NY Times Charts Show “inequality is out of control”

Today’s New York Times shares some wild charts showing the economic “inequality is out of control.”

You can check them at out at Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart.

Here’s an excerpt from the column:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources About Wealth & Income Inequality,

August 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo

Very Interesting: The Most Important Letters In History


At The Best “Lists Of Lists” Of Influential People, Events & Ideas, I share what the headline says, plus resources on the “most important” documents and “objects.

Now, The Atlantic has come up with an interesting addition: What Was the Most Important Letter in History?

They have a number of nominations, ranging from the obvious (“Letter From Birmingham Jail”) to the not-so-obvious (“The “Groans of the Britons” letter, sent circa 450 a.d. by ancient Britons”).

It’s worth checking out their list, and I’ll be adding this info to mine.

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