Prior to today, it had been several months since I had updated this blog because I’ve embarked on a new and (to me, at least) exciting project: working as a history professor and public historian. It’s a demanding and challenging choice of career, and I’m thrilled to have landed this position in such a competitive job market for folks with humanities Ph.D.s.
What does this mean for The Multicultural Toybox?
Aside from the aforementioned hiatus, not much. You can expect more posts soon on a variety of topics, but because history—and particularly U.S. and women’s history, which is what I’ve been hired to teach—is on my mind, chances are you’ll be seeing a more historical flavor to the site.
That said, my new job does mean I spend a good deal of time thinking about what it means to understand history, how average Americans come to know (or fail to know) U.S. history, and what we can do to get history (as well as the other arts and humanities) back into K-12 classrooms in an era of budget cuts and high-stakes testing for reading and math. I’m revisiting my ideas for projects for Learning Trails Media, so if you have any requests for historically-themed lessons for your students (including home-schooled students), I’d love to hear them.