Category Archives: books

Documentation for IJSE article: “Howard Zinn and the Struggle for Real History in the United States”

The items on this page are posted as documentation for an article that will appear later this year in the International Journal of Social Education. The complete bibliographic citation for that article will be added here when it becomes available.

2½-Hour TV tribute to Howard Zinn

This program is being re-aired: Saturday, February 27th at 1pm (ET) Saturday, February 27th at 11:30pm (ET) The C-SPAN page, with information, transcript, and video, is at .

Tiger Woods and Social Studies

Here’s what I, as a Social Studies educator, find completely unacceptable from Tiger Woods: Woods weighs in on Augusta membership GolfWeb Wire Services — July 16, 2002 GULLANE, Scotland — Tiger Woods was vague, his answers repetitive. For the first time at a major championship, he seemed unprepared and uncomfortable when handling a topic that […]

Richard Dawkins this weekend on BookTV

Richard Dawkins will be on BookTV (C-SPAN2) this weekend. Click here to find the book at a library near you. Click here for the Web page at BookTV. Here’s the preliminary information (but note: Last weekend the daytime schedule was pre-empted by the unusual weekend proceedings of the U.S. Senate. C-SPAN2 was created to cablecast […]

Three books for civic economic literacy (Book TV)

Three books on BookTV (CSpan2) this weekend: Economics Does Not Lie: A Defense of the Free Market in a Time of Crisis , by Guy Sorman About the Program Mr. Sorman argues that to get rid of the free market because it’s imperfect would be a danegrous overreaction to recent events. Rebuilding trust in the […]

Mooney & the “new atheists”: another round

Another round in the ongoing Neuatheismusstreit was touched off by an opinion piece in the L.A. Times by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum, authors of the new book Unscientific America: How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future. They write: It often appears as though Dawkins and his followers–often dubbed the New Atheists, though some object to […]

Unscientific America, and Unscientific America

A more complete account of forces contributing to this Curriculum Animi Publici would have to take into account the deliberate role of commercial interests over the last century in actively promoting public confusion and misunderstanding of science, in the course of muddying (or poisoning?) the public wells of discourse on specific policy matters such as smoking, environmental pollution, food safety, climate change, etc. [Click on title above for the full post.]

The Pluto Files, Neil deGrasse Tyson, on BookTV March 22, 2009

On CSPAN-2 tomorrow (Sunday March 22 2009 at 6am, 6pm, & 10pm EDT): Neil deGrasse Tyson, on his new book,  The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America’s Favorite Planet. The links below include information on the author, book, and program, and will show future airings: The controversy among scientists over Pluto’s […]

John Taylor Gatto on BookTV

UPDATE: This program will be re-aired Sunday, June 14, 6:00 – 7:45 am EDT. ================== On CSPAN-2 tonight (3am Sunday morning): John Taylor Gatto (). The links below include information on the author, book, and program, and will show future airings: @ @ Speaking on his new book, Weapons of Mass Instruction: A […]

001.9 (more on creationism & the Dewey Decimal System)

The Sensuous Curmudgeon has pursued the question of creationism and the Dewey Decimal system, commenting that If the DDC were working as your Curmudgeon thinks it should, all Discoveroid books would be given whatever DDC number is appropriate for books about the Bermuda Triangle and Alien Abductions. This is one of those things that probably […]

Intelligent Design and the Dewey Decimal system

I felt a vague recollection of something involving ID and Dewey Decimal some time ago. Thanks to Google Desktop, I was able to come up with better than vague memories. Here are the links:

“Evolution, Me, & Other Freaks of Nature”

Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande is one of two books reviewed for the Austin American-Statesman, as “Good YA novels with silly titles.” From the review: When Ms. Shepherd begins teaching evolution, the self-styled “Holy Warriors” at Mena’s church call for her dismissal and demand the teaching of intelligent design. Mena […]

Tough Liberal: Albert Shanker

from (ncludes links for purchasing the book, or viewing RealPlayer recording of the program): Richard Kahlenberg talks about the life and career of Albert Shanker, president of the United Federation of Teachers from 1964 to 1984 and president of the American Federation of Teachers from 1974 to 1997. Commentary is provided by Eugenia Kemble […]

teaching literature at West Point

Elizabeth Samet talked about her book Soldier’s Heart: Reading Literature Through Peace and War at West Point, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Elizabeth Samet, English professor at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point details the ways she teaches literature to her students who are going to war.

Lynne Cheney vs. Howard Zinn; and an invitation to participate in an online history project

In November 2005, C-SPAN’s BookTV recorded an interview with Lynne Cheney, wife of then Vice-President Dick Cheney, about a new book in which she provides her chronology of selected events in U.S. history. During that interview, she explained how she saw her book as an antidote to Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the […]