History In Halstead

Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Sunday, October 29, 2006



Leadership Quote

I found this quote from an article on yahoo finance. It was from an article named Overlooked Risks Great Leaders Take

An often-overlooked trait of great leaders is that while they grow their business, they also grow their business' future leaders. They are always on the lookout for leadership talent, and when they find it they give those talented people opportunities to develop, finding ways to test them and expand the breadth and depth of their capabilities.

FOR DISCUSSION: Based on your educational career what are some overlooked that great teachers have?

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Fall is upon us and Football is going well

A good weekend of football:

Pittsburg State won their Homecoming game
Notre Dame won is a wonderful comback
the Kansas City Chiefs won a thriller with a last second field goal
and best of all...

Halstead High School won their district game versus Hutch Trinity.

also we had three runners qualify for the state cross country meet so good luck Emma, Travis and David.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

World War I Links

The following sites can be beneficial in finding information relating to the US entering World War I. Remember the quiz is open notes not 'open stuff that you copied from the internet!'

US enters the war!
The Lusitania
The US enters WWI

Feel free to leave other links in the comment section.

Sunday, October 01, 2006


I read an interesting article by David Shirbman discussing history and children in our nation. Here are some of the highlights:

I was not exactly stunned when I read that a perfectly reputable group, using perfectly simplistic methodology, came to the perfectly predictable conclusion that college freshmen were basically historically illiterate and that college seniors were little better

the temptation is there -- you think it's their fault. It's not. It's ours. They don't have historical amnesia, because you have to know something to be able to forget it. They have historical ignorance, and we gave it to them.

here is more to understanding history than merely knowing facts. Facts are the raw material of history. But, just as coke is not steel, facts are not history. And truly the best way to understand history -- and here the words know and understand do not mean the same thing -- is to study it.

In showing how governments were created or overthrown, how movements began and faded away, how historical forces gathered strength and then petered out, history provides few lessons but much perspective. Your grandfather had a word for perspective, and if you were lucky he personified it: wisdom.

Personally, I try very hard to get students in my classroom to get students to ask the question why? this is not an easy thing to do because people naturally economize and often will not exert effort if they do not see the benefit. It is difficult to see the benefit of knowing and understanding history often times. Still, I enjoy the challenge and will keep working at it.

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