“ There is a great deal of evidence, indeed a consensus in cognitive psychology, that people who are able to think independently about unfamiliar problems and who are broad-gauged problem solvers, critical thinkers, and lifelong learners are, without exception, well-informed people.” Professor and education theorist E.D. Hirsch , Jr.
How do you organize an argument to be most effective? How do you separate fact from opinion and appreciate the value of each? What effect does geography have on your historical perspective?
How do you examine arguments in a reflective way? What logical, artistic, historic, and literary tools can you employ to achieve understanding of diverse cultures?
How do you come to sense other reasonable views of a common predicament, respect those views, and honor the most persuasive?
What skills do you possess that make you a successful communicator? How will you address areas of concern you have identified in order to imporve your written and oral communication?
How do you develop the persistence and perseverance necessary for success? How do you recognize the need to act when action is called for, and do you step forward in response?
What aspects of learning do you enjoy the most? How can you transfer this joy into other aspects of your life?
1. Locating World History in Time and Environment
2. “If you would understandanything, observe its beginningand its development.” Aristotle
3. Part One:What is the point?
5. Memory is thetreasury andguardian of allthings. Cicero
6. Without a memory, wouldyou recognize your family?
7. Recognize your house?
8. Know which friendsto lend money?
9. Know who, and who NOT to, love…
10. Be the personyou are?
11. How does thisthen apply to all ofus together?
12. The answer is thereason we study world history.
13. Part Two:Habits of Mind
14. Still dontget it?
15. “Intellectual growthshould commence at birthand cease only at death.” Albert Einstein
16. Historymakes usbetterthinkers.
17. Worldviews shape perspectives
23. Part Three:Periodization
24. So, what are we going to study?
25. The World
28. Information Overload?
29. Valid Comparisons?
30. Peter Griffin invented the wheel?
32. Basis for Comparison
33. Geographic Regions
34. Forces cut across societies
36. Measuring Continuity
37. Five MajorThemes
38. Patterns and impacts of interaction
39. Impact oftechnology,economics, anddemography
40. Systems of socialstructure andgender structure