Shout-out from Steven Pinker

Do you know Steven Pinker, Harvard professor and prominent “public intellectual?” His best-selling books include The Blank Slate, The Better Angels of Our Nature, and Enlightenment Now.

I just learned that he gave a shout-out to the Future-Focused History blog on his Twitter feed. Thanks, Steve.

Could 33 people start a revolution in history education?

Only a subtle revolution, perhaps, when looking at everyday classroom activity, but a radical revolution in terms of the intended purpose and outcome of that activity: knowledge useful in the future. 

The Future-Focused History blog opened for business a week ago, and so far 33 people have signed up to follow the blog. If you received notice of this post, you are among the chosen few. We’re all newcomers here, and I am most pleased to be in your company.

I assume that most people who subscribed to this blog have some connection with history education, and many are probably practicing history teachers who are either busy preparing for the new school year or have already started to teach their new classes. You folks don’t need to add anything more to your plates just now, so I propose to leave you alone until September, and reconnect when things have settled down. 

In the meantime, you might let your history colleagues know about the concept of Future-Focused History—and that you have signed up to follow the blog. If they show some interest, you could direct them to for more information.

I will use this time to explore ways to advance the goal of Future-Focused History education. I plan to share with you what I learned when we get back together in September. Revolutions have been known to begin with a small group of dedicated people. Thirty-three of us might be more than enough.

Cheers, Mike