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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The History Problem

History On two occasions last week I came up against The History Problem:

When do you teach the history of a subject?

If you leave the history until later in a course, students have no context on which to hang the facts: Why are you telling us all this stuff?

If you discuss the history early on, students have no context in which to place it: Why are you telling us all this stuff?

Over the years, I've tried it both ways, and been dissatisfied with both. I don't know the answer to this one. Do you?