By Sam Wineburg

Let's start with two truths about our era that are so inescapable as to have become cliches: We are surrounded by more readily available information than ever before. And a huge percentage of it is inaccurate. Some of the bad info is well-meaning but ignorant. Some of it is deliberately deceptive. All of it is pernicious. With the internet at our fingertips, what's a teacher of history to do? Sam Wineburg has answers, beginning with this: We can't stick to the same old read-the-chapter-answer-the-questions snooze fest. If we want to educate citizens who can separate fact from fake, we have to equip them with new tools. Historical thinking, Wineburg shows, has nothing to do with the ability to memorize facts. Instead, it's an orientation to the world that cultivates reasoned skepticism and counters our tendency to confirm our biases. Wineburg lays out a mine-filled landscape, but one that with care, attention and awareness, we can learn to navigate. The future of the past may rest on
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Part 1: Our Current Plight
1. Crazy for History
2. Obituary for a Billion Dollars
3. Committing Zins

Part 2: Historical Thinking ≠ An Amazing Memory
4. Turning Bloom's Taxonomy on It's Head
5. What did George Think?

Part 3: Thinking Historically in a Digital Age
6. Changing History... One Classroom at a Time
7. Why Google can't Save Us

Part 4: Conclusion - Historical Hope
8. 'Famous Americans" : the Changing Pantheon of American Heroes

Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education and History at Stanford University.  His current work focuses on how people judge the credibility of digital content, research that has been reported in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Time Magazine, BBC, and Die Zeit, and translated into dozens of languages. Wineburg's scholarship has appeared in outlets as diverse as Cognitive Science, Journal of American History, and the Journal of Educational Psychology, along with bylines in the New York Times, Washington Post, Slate, and the Smithsonian. His 2002 book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the "improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts." In 2020, he was awarded UNESCO's "Global Media and Information" prize. His latest book, Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions About What to Believe Online (Chicago), with co-author Mike Caulfield, will be published this October 2023.