The history that doesn’t make it into the textbooks are the best stories to tell.
It’s a new year and not much has changed in the world. We’re still in a global pandemic, we’re still at home and we’re still washing our hands. But somethings have changed. The US has a new President and Vice President, there are vaccines being administered every day around the world, and a lot of new Untold videos are being released.
In this vlog, I’m talking about History; the history class, why history matters, and the American history and civics series Untold. Without giving too much away, I say the word ‘history’ more than 20 times, just in case you don’t know what this vlog is about.
There was a lot to unpack in this vlog. History class for me and from what I can remember was fun. I remember learning that The Battle of Hastings happened in 1066. I also remember the year very clearly because of the Hastings Direct advertisement. Henry VII’s rhyme about how his wives; died, divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. When you think about it, it’s a very grim way to remember how people died.
One of the things that I point out about learning history is from a book called “Answering Why” by Mark Perna who states that you have a lot of students who don’t want to learn something unless they know why they need to know it. This is definitely something to think about when learning not just history, but other topics in school too. That’s an entire video topic altogether, but if you’re interested, here is a blog about 3 things I wish they taught us in secondary school.
In this episode, I dive deep into the different series of Untold, which has grown since we started publishing videos for the series back in July. You can watch the entire series for free at untoldhistory.org. New videos released every Wednesday!
It’s a new year with a new vlog, but the same situation as last year and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. Happy New Year! Watch episode 10 below: