Teaching Chinese Students About America

Teaching Chinese Students About America

In the summer of 2012, I received a message at one of the colleges I teach at telling me about an international group of students who would soon be visiting from China’s¬†Zhejiang University. Their stay in Pittsburgh was part of a three week English practicum...

The Faith of Abraham Lincoln

New Faithgeeks video after Karl got me thinking about Abraham Lincoln and Gettysburg, site of one of the most critical events in United States history. I actually wrote about President Lincoln’s faith in my book Undead¬†where I describe the day I was allowed to...

How Does the Electoral College Work?

As a teacher of political science and government at a couple colleges for the past few years I’ve received one question more than any other from students. How does the electoral college work? So, the person who gets the most votes doesn’t win? Not...

Pittsburgh Explosion of 1927

Here’s a neat little video from Post-Gazette.com, the digital home of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette (where I wrote about Harry Houdini a while back). It’s a compelling short story whether you know anything about the city or not. That casino at the end is a...

The Shocking Truth about American History

When people find out I’m a history teacher they often ask me what my favorite part of history is. That’s like asking me which one of my children I love most except for that metaphor to work I would have to have a lot of really boring children and one of...