Oregon Trail, the computer simulation that sends students on a sometimes perilous journey west in the 19th century and that made its way into classrooms across the country in the 1980s and 1990s (and beyond), was originally created by three student teachers — two who led math classrooms and one who led a history class.
Know that whole thing about history being written by those with the power to do so?
You're probably familiar with the story of the 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.
When you get past his three SuperBowls as a head coach, New England Patriots Bill Belichick is perhaps best known for his gruffness with the media. Ask about an injured player, receive a horrifying death glare and a quick one-sentence response that sheds no light on the original question whatsoever.
My name is Allyson, and I am an adjunct professor. I teach five English classes per semester at three different universities in Boston. For the Spring 2014 semester, I have a total of 97 students.
Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh were not nice men. For the most part, their not-niceness was taken out on each other. Occasionally, though, it was taken out on the innocent science of paleontology. If their feud hadn't built paleontology into what it is today, they might not even be remembered as…
Over the two months that I have been reading old American newspapers, I noticed a trend in reports on football games: they were brutally violent. In 1913, 175 players had been injured and fourteen football players had died.
Captain America introduced himself to Americans by punching Adolf Hitler in the face on the cover of Captain America Comics #1. While this is something the vast majority of people would applaud in this day and age, Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel Comics, debuted Captain America in early 1941, when the U.S.…
You've probably never heard of the case Stambovsky v. Ackley. It isn't studied in high school nor will you come across it in your daily life. Unless, that is, you're in law school and studying property law. Or if you are buying a house in the state of New York. A haunted one.
We all have our special friends, those incorrigible scamps that show up every now and again to, without apparent motive or endgame, to spend some time with us. Sometimes they just want to spend a lazy day with us. Sometimes they want to get us into trouble with the law. Sometimes they want nothing more than to punish…
Let it never be said that museums don't come in all shapes and sizes. In one fun case, the museum comes in the shape and size of a garage, and its contents in toilet seats.
Lurid tales of the Roman emperor Caligula have pervaded since he reigned from 37 to 41 CE. The "mad emperor" Caligula was rumored to have incestuous relationships with his sisters, built a bridge whose cost lead to starvation in Rome, and once ordered a section of a crowd during Roman games to be thrown to the wild…
It’s October 1917 and Vladimir Lenin’s Bolshevik followers have laid siege for days to the Winter Palace, former home of the Czar (gone since February) and the current home of the Provisional Government. Now, after a shootout with the remaining guards, they are searching for the remaining government officials and…
A battle is currently raging in economics departments across the United Kingdom. Sparked by student protests at Manchester University over the lack of diversity in economics majors’ core curricula, this national debate is intensifying after a group of economics professors has backed the protesters.