The Zinn Education Project promotes and supports the use of Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States in middle and high school classrooms across the country. Its goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex, and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The empowering potential of studying U.S. history is often lost in the textbook-driven pursuit of names and dates. A People’s History of the United States emphasizes the role of working people, women, people of color, and organized social movements in shaping history. The Zinn Education Project believes that by taking a more engaging and honest look at the past, we can help equip students with the analytical tools to make sense of–and improve–the world today. The Zinn Education Project is coordinated by Teaching for Change and Rethinking Schools.
The Zinn Education Project is currently developing a fully redesigned website which makes dozens of articles about teaching, as well as field-tested, interactive classroom lessons, available to teachers at no cost. The new version of the website was launched in June of 2009 and allows for teachers to add comments and questions. Support from the Cultures of Resistance Network helped expand the number of teachers contributing to and using the site.
Teaching for Change served as a fiscal sponsor for this grant.