Tag: History

Who is Faith Bandler?

I am, at the moment, doing research into the 1967 referendum to change the Australian constitution, in order to make some civics and citizenship learning resources. I was lucky enough, through my local library website, to find a interview with Faith Bandler. Mrs. Bandler campaigned both for the ‘yes’ vote for the referendum, and for …

ANZAC Day

In April the thoughts of many history teachers turn to ANZAC Day (April 25th). Marked on the anniversary of the Australian and New Zealand troops being deployed in World War One, ANZAC day is often as much about nation building as it is about commemoration. Australia’s efforts in Gallipoli were the first time the newly …

History is Written By…

Have you heard that saying, “history is written by the winners”? It means that, ultimately, the version of events that is recorded and passed on is created and sanction by those who have the power. We see this all the time in history – how often is it written by men, giving us a skewed …

History at Your Fingertips

Ah, the internet. There’s many things to hate about the internet. As with any tool people use it to spread hate, to manipulate, to commit crimes, and to hurt others. I’ll admit that I control my children’s access to the internet (and in particular any forum where they can interact with others over the internet) …

Ancient Egypt

Is there any more mysterious and enthralling period than the time of the Ancient Egyptians? A civilisation that grew up along the fertile banks of the Nile river and spanned three thousand years, Ancient Egypt has been a puzzle for modern historian to solve over centuries. And it’s not just the pyramids and the hieroglyphs …

What’s the Deal with Halloween in Australia?

Welcome to October. One could argue that 2020 has been a year-long horror story but just to up the ante we’ve entered the month of Halloween and your local supermarket has probably set up their corner of fake cobwebs and witches hats. But given that we live in Australia, what’s the deal with that? Halloween …

Hopeful History

History can be…confronting. There are, undoubtedly, many dark moments in history. For those of us living in the present it can be difficult to reconcile the past with what we think and feel today. Certainly, it’s much easier to talk about dinosaurs (and who doesn’t love a dinosaur) then it is to talk about colonialism, …

A History Teacher’s Guide to Self-Care

History teachers are in a unique position. History is about human stories. Far more important than names and dates, history lessons are about helping students explore the experiences of the people that went before them. This is essential, in our opinion, for helping children and young adults become invested, effective, and compassionate global citizens. But …