Alternative Education (Long with a ton of stuff)

I get frustrated sometimes with teaching.  With history, I know a ton of professors who either want to discuss nothing but obscure details or bully their students (Ohio State, UIUC, I’m looking right at you).  I know others who are ‘teachers’ in name only–ultimately, they are in the job for one of a few reasons.

  • They had to do it in order to be the school basketball or football coach
  • At the college level, it’s 15hrs of work/week and no need to grade much (or have grad students do the work for you) and you can cancel class pretty regularly
  • Great pay at the college level

Anyways, that’s not the way to get through to students–whether adult or adolescent.  Students want teachers who care, teachers who put effort into things.  If they get that, they’re good with it being lecture-based, project-based, or whatever, and the more they see the teacher working on their behalf, the more effort they put in which (for me at least) makes me want to give more effort for them, a virtuous circle.

–For those who follow this because I coach, that’s important–put effort in and you’ll get it back in almost every instance!  Just as important…consider why you coaching.  Are you doing it for the right reasons?

In any event–there’s one thing everyone can agree on.  In some form or another, we like music.  I can’t stand country, but I know others who dislike rap or rock and others who think music died with Kurt Cobain’s suicide.  The thing is–everyone has something they like…which means that if we can put things into music, we have a better chance of getting through.  Maybe?

In any event, here’s a list of songs I could think of related to history in some fashion or another.  There’s a comment section for the blog–if there are others you know of, please add to this.  It’d be great to come up with a huge list that teachers could use/refer back to.

PHILOSOPHY:

PRE-1700 HISTORY:

NAPOLEONIC ERA:

1830s-1850s:

US CIVIL WAR/RECONSTRUCTION:

WORLD WAR ONE:

WORLD WAR TWO:

VIETNAM ERA:

A-BOMB/COLD WAR PROTESTS:

GENERAL SOCIAL MOVEMENTS/PROTESTS:

HURRICANE KATRINA:

TREATMENT OF AMERICAN INDIANS/NATIVE POPULATIONS

OTHER:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Alternative Education (Long with a ton of stuff)

  1. Soundtrack from “Hamilton”?

    Or this list from Onstage Blog: The Action Life: http://www.onstageblog.com/columns/2016/6/30/10-american-history-musicals-that-are-not-hamilton

    Immigration issues: listen to the soundtrack from Riverdance, and listen to the lyrics of the songs focused around the forces that drove the Irish immigrants to leave, and to come to the U.S. They also make some strong ties to the African American experience.

    One of the ones I’ve always found most powerful (8+ part harmony in the choral portion!): “Heal Their Hearts/Lord, Where Is Our Freedom?”:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Heal+their+hearts+Riverdance&qft=+filterui%3amsite-youtube.com&view=detail&mid=C3F9A06921BFB9396974C3F9A06921BFB9396974&&FORM=VRDGAR

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