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Fundamentally, my job as a teacher is to contribute to the process of further developing the minds of young adults who can think critically and independently while I use various instructional methods that help them know more both about the subject of history itself as well as how to reason about written documents in general. Since I’m enthusiastic about the subject of history itself, I would have an ability to transmit some of this attitude to my students. I would make history instruction relevant by using examples from more recent history they would be more apt to be aware of or from current events. A guiding principle of history instruction in my class would be based on Santayana’s famous dictum about those who forget the past are condemned to fulfill or repeat it. History is important from the viewpoint of “voter education,” since knowing basic facts about it and how to reason historically can help make people listen more critically to the claims of politicians on the campaign trail... read more

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