Professional Development: Spanish Civil War and Fascism

April 25, 2017 by Guest Faculty Bloggers
On Friday and Saturday April 7 and 8, History teachers Tim McCall and Karen Pleasant attended America and World Fascism: From the Spanish Civil War to Nuremberg and Beyond , a two-day seminar supported by the History Collaborative in Northampton and the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archive in New York City, with funding from the Library of Congress.  The seminar took place at the UMASS Center in Springfield, MA.  Tim and Karen had limited knowledge of the Spanish Civil War and this workshop provided a learning opportunity. Fascism was also topical and relevant to the history teachers, as the word has become increasingly part of the lexicon following the 2016 presidential campaign; although many people do not understand what it means. The conference included lectures, document work, practical teaching tips, PowerPoint presentations, and individual work time for participants to create a lesson plan. At the end of the event, Karen enlisted the guest educators to help design the last unit of the year on the Spanish Civil War, for the IB History Year 1 SL class. Tim will be reorganizing his spring-term foreign policy unit to focus on how America’s fear of communism trumped its faith in democracy and self-determination.

Filed Under: History, teaching history, Professional development

Thinking Globally, Acting Ethically

October 08, 2012 by Bill Ivey

It was October 1970 and the date of the Moratorium to End the War in Vietnam - a general strike to protest our involvement in the Vietnam War - was fast approaching. My friends and I in the fifth grade at Marks Meadow Elementary School in Amherst would huddle together during our free time and try to figure out what was the best course of action to take. We all agreed it would be wrong to join the general strike and take a day off simply to get out of going to school. It was tougher to decide whether joining the general strike would produce any positive effect, and thus whether it might actually be more valuable to attend school and squeeze every last bit of education out of the year that we could. In the end, we simply agreed that whatever any of us chose, the others needed to respect that choice.

Filed Under: Indigenous People's Day, All-Girls, Columbus Day, On Education, teaching history, In the Classroom, Stoneleigh-Burnham Middle School, The Faculty Perspective, Stoneleigh-Burnham School, humanities