June 9, 2005 |
In what could be a unique move nationally, the Philadelphia School District will require every high school student to take a separate course in African and African American history to graduate, beginning with this September's freshman class. Both national and local officials said yesterday that they knew of no other district requiring such a course, particularly one focused on African history, for graduation. The School Reform Commission voted unanimously in February to offer courses in both areas at every high school, and said it would consider making one or both courses a graduation requirement.
August 6, 2006 |
Call Janice Brown a sleuth. As East Greenwich's historian, she has been chronicling the rural township's history, which otherwise might be lost, said John DeGeorge, East Greenwich's mayor. "Our historian has proven to be an incredibly valuable resource," DeGeorge said. "Mrs. Brown embodies a true passion for history and genealogy. She authors an article on our history for every newsletter and even our municipal calendar has a question of the month about history. Not only has she been able to dig up volumes of history and photographs, she does a magnificent job of documenting everything.
June 14, 1994 |
In its recent report, "Destination Philadelphia," the City Planning Commission concluded that the historic district needed to be revitalized in order to rekindle visitor interest. While private and government organizations have been quick to respond to this need with plans to preserve or restore the historic structures within Independence National Historical Park, they have been less willing to address a more pressing need: inspiring the general public through new ways of interpreting Philadelphia's history.
June 14, 2005 |
Some people are asking: How can the Philadelphia public school system mandate teaching African and African American history? But others of us are asking: How have school officials justified not teaching it in a school district where nearly two-thirds of all students are African American? America is so diverse that we should be teaching the stories of all its people, whether it is Greco-Roman history, including Greek mythology; Ireland's potato famine; the exodus of Eastern Europeans to America; or the roles so many other groups played here, including Italians, Germans, Asians and Latinos.
May 15, 2010 |
When the Montreal Canadiens turned the page on their first century earlier this season, Ken Dryden invited current members of the storied team to write their own history. "And why not make it great?" the Hall of Fame goalie suggested on the occasion of the Canadiens' 100th anniversary game against Boston on Dec. 4. Looks like the 2009-10 team took Dryden's advice to heart. Montreal has stunned the hockey world by reaching the Eastern Conference final for the first time in 17 years.
March 28, 2002 |
In Meg Basilio's eighth-grade world-history class, the assignment is to design a Web site devoted to local lore - with one seemingly contradictory rule: No research on the Internet. Students can arrange and coordinate their own field trips. They can find and interview historical experts. And they are welcome to scour books, magazines, newspaper clippings, and old files at the local library. But they are not allowed to draw any information from the medium for which they are writing.
October 10, 1986 |
As presidents approach the end of their terms in office, they tend to become preoccupied with the last campaign available to them: the one to insure their election by future historians into the ranks of All-Time Great Leaders. This seems to be happening to Ronald Reagan. The virtually unanimous reaction of the president's foreign policy constituency - the conservatives and "realists" - to this inclination to "play it for history" is to deplore it. They depict it as a dangerous weakness and sign of vanity in a man hitherto sound and resolute.
January 5, 1988 |
It took the French to bring us down to Earth. The Frenchman who did that recently was Jean-Bernard Raimond, the foreign minister. At a NATO meeting after the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, Raimond refused to describe the accord on intermediate-range nuclear missiles as "historic. " Although he did not say so, his intent was clear: Leave it to history to decide what's historic. The French minister's apparent Gallic petulance came as a bracing antidote to what had been happening in Washington.
November 19, 2002 |
Great has been the controversy over whether and to what degree the full story of the African American role in our nation's history will be told at Independence National Historical Park. Now, another commemoration of that story is about to surface. "Only in this one we will not be just a footnote in American history - but a complete chapter," said the Rev. Jeffrey N. Leath, pastor of Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church at Sixth and Lombard. Mother Bethel, founded in 1787 by Richard Allen, is the first chartered African American church in the United States.
February 8, 2005
Think how history might have changed if some heroes of history had reacted to their situations the way the Philadelphia Eagles' offense responded in the waning minutes of the Super Bowl: We'd still be British subjects. Imagine if it had been Paul Revere's 11 a.m. ride, because he'd had a leisurely breakfast of tea and crumpets before setting out on horseback for Lexington. "I say, chaps, I was wondering if you saw any Redcoats march through here looking for Samuel Adams?" Tom Hanks wouldn't have been in any movie called Apollo 13. Imagine if NASA engineers had responded to the "failure is not an option" moment with, "How 'bout we get back to you on Friday with a concept paper on options for dealing with the problem?"