Jonathan teaches seventh- and eighth-grade history at Moses Brown School, a Quaker school in Providence, Rhode Island. His classes focus on developing students’ historical thinking skills while inspiring them to consider issues of injustice and morality in the past and present. He values authentic inquiry, student-led learning and the art of discussion. Twitter: @jonathansgold.

Articles by Jonathan

The Danger of the Story of “Both Sides”

Combating “single stories” is no longer as simple as including “multiple perspectives” in the classroom. Whose stories we share and why should be part of classroom discourse.

The Persistence of Myth: The Causes of the Civil War

Recent comments about the “controversy” over the causes of the Civil War highlight the challenges of teaching American history in 2017.

Do You Teach About Ideological Diversity?

Bringing diverse political viewpoints into the classroom is vital in the polarized, echo-chambered world our students inhabit.

Bias and Skepticism: How Far Is Too Far?

How do we help students fine-tune their skepticism so that it leads to knowledge-seeking and openness to new ideas?

The Key to Post-Truth Teaching: Epistemology and Knowledge

How students learn to know and understand knowledge is essential to teachers’ work in the “post-truth” era.
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