Once again, I have to apologise for not keeping up to date with this blog. The reasons are, 1) I’ve been in America, and 2) prior to this, we’ve been working on three new titles in our Dynamic History Map series, to a very tight deadline. On top of that, my history consultancy has gone mad recently.
I went to America for the second time since the summer because America seems to be where it’s at with us. American social studies teachers and co-ordinators (or supervisors, as they’re called in some states) are responding so well to both our atlas and our Dynamic History Maps that we’re now focussing the lion’s share of our effort on them, rather than on the Brits. I suppose it’s not surprising that this is the case – the Americans have to teach world history, whereas in Britain, teachers think they’re teaching world history when they teach the British Empire and 20th century Russia and Germany. In my view, that makes American social studies students rather better prepared for the 21st century world than British history ones.
The centrepiece of my American tour was the National Council for Social Studies conference in Denver, Colorado, a couple of weeks ago. This was a fantastic experience for me – such enthusiasm and commitment! And such great ideas knocking around the place.
However, before I went, I was working hard on three new Dynamic History Maps titles. These were called for by our distributors over there, who asked us to beef up our world history coverage in this series. So, me and my small team have been working on Ancient China, Ancient India and Ancient Greece. They’re not quite ready yet, but they soon will be.
In doing these three titles in tandem, so to speak, I was struck forcibly by the similarities and differences between the three civilizations. I’m going to blog about these over the coming few days.
By Peter Britton