Happy 4th – Gordon Wood on the Founding

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Below is a video of an event, History and Civic Education, that we held with Brown University Professor Gordon Wood, the amazing historian of the American Founding.

  • The video starts with Charles White, the head of Project Civic Engagement in the School of Education at Boston University.
  • My introductory remarks begin at 3:30. They are part good ol’ patriotic rant, I suppose, but they give you a sense about how Pioneer sees itself in our community today.
  • At 9:15 Boston City Councilor Maureen Feeney, who so understands the importance of history instruction in our schools and the need for civic engagement informed by knowledge of our history and our institutions.
  • And then at 18:17 begins Dr. Wood–and he is always wonderful to hear.
  • What a wonderful history to pass to our children. What a shame that the Department of Education has been unwilling to move forward with the History MCAS requirement.