Weeeee’re back!


The historically weird school year of 2020-21, with its closings, openings, online teaching, and masked crusaders is over and done with. Hopefully teachers are taking a well-deserved break before thinking too hard about the next school year.

We chose this pause between show times to bring back the Future-Focused History Blog from its pandemic hiatus. “Hello” old friends, and “Welcome” to the new folks who signed up to join us during the interregnum.

At this time, I would like to propose a significant modification to our terminology.

As you are likely aware, general principles of history constitute a central component of our conception of future-focused history teaching. However, it has become clear that many academic historians will remain reluctant to accept the idea that general principles can be derived from the subject matter of history. This is important because these are the people who teach history teachers.

Consequently, I have begun to emphasize an alternative term: recurring dynamics of history. No one can reasonably doubt that recurring dynamics of history exist. To do so would be to deny that deadly epidemics, discrimination against minority groups, and failed foreign invasions have occurred repeatedly over the course of human history.

More on this later, but for now, enjoy your summer.
-Mike Maxwell

2 thoughts on “Weeeee’re back!”

  1. Hey, Mike;

    Good to see you back! And I like “recurring dynamics of history!”

    Looking forward to seeing you at Mancos Days!

    Tom

    On Sun, Jun 27, 2021 at 8:02 AM Future-Focused History blog wrote:

    > Mike posted: ” The historically weird school year of 2020-21, with its > closings, openings, online teaching, and masked crusaders is over and done > with. Hopefully teachers are taking a well-deserved break before thinking > too hard about the next school year. We ch” >

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