History Teacher Attends Conference At USS Midway Museum
Chris Hughes, an Upper School history and psychology teacher, participated in a five day teacher seminar this summer aboard the U.S.S. Midway Museum in San Diego. The topic was World War II in the Pacific, and thirty teachers from across the country were chosen to take part. Lecture topics included military strategy, the home front, military psychology, and the Roosevelts. Social history sessions related the wartime experiences of Asian Americans, Native Americans, African Americans, Latinos, and women. Some of the most interesting sessions concerned the use of propaganda by all of the combatant nations and the ways in which the war is remembered to this day in different countries.
The lectures and discussions were complemented with three two-hour behind the scenes tours of the aircraft carrier which was in service from 1945 to 1991. Teachers were provided with books, a film and other teaching resources to bring back to their classrooms.
“It was a wonderful experience and I really appreciated the opportunity to have high-level discussions with leading experts and other teachers about so many aspects of World War II in the Pacific, said Chris Hughes. “I learned so much, not just through the formal lectures, but the chance to compare notes with experts and other teachers one-on-one at meals or between sessions. The whole experience was a like a history fantasy camp. It renewed my enthusiasm for teaching history and gave me so many ideas to bring back to my classroom and share with my colleagues.”