Erratum for “Writing History in the Digital Age”

I realized this morning that I had omitted an acknowledgment in my chapter for Writing History in the Digital Age. In the chapter, I noted that for some historians, there were places to write about methods and specifically mentioned archaeology as one of those fields. What I failed to mention was my debt to USF […]

Historiographical analysis generally includes at least two types of analysis among the six shown here: the intellectual history of the literature, the specific arguments about time and place, memes common in secondary sources, deeper models of social behavior, the tone taken towards a subject, and the philosophy and ethics of writing history.

What is historiography?

In my talk earlier this month at the Australia and New Zealand History of Education Society, I wanted to make the different strands of my argument clear, and after I framed the broader question of the talk, I formalized the way I often talk about historiography (mostly with graduate students).¬†Historiography is one of the few […]

Origins of the “Dropout Problem”: The NanoMovie (Behind the Lens post)

So, I did this overnight: (Original URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uPw63j78NW8) Sordid details: I painstakingly worked for 40 hours to film myself drawing all of the images on the whiteboard we used, and then shrank it down by Hollywood magic. I want to especially thank Joss Whedon for helping with the script. The elephant-piloting-spacecraft scene had to be […]

19,000 reasons to pay attention to Common Core politics

According to the Orlando Sentinel’s Leslie Postal, the set of 19,000 comments that the Florida Department of Education received on the Common Core state standards is not quite the 20,000 comments on the state science standards when they were in the process of being rewritten in 2007-08. But 19,000 still easily outstrips most involvement of […]

The number of articles on high school dropouts, 1945-1970, as indexed by the Reader's Guide for Periodical Literature and Education Index

Two decades after “Origins of the ‘dropout problem’”

A Facebook comment today by Alexander Russo reminded me that this fall is the 20th anniversary of Origins of the “Dropout Problem” ($ or JSTOR’s Register and Read program), published by the History of Education Quarterly. The article came out of the part of my dissertation that asked when, how, and why “dropping out” became […]