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Why teaching truth in history matters

Editor’s note: A new podcast from School News Network, Study Hall highlights the students, teachers and others making education magic happen every day in classrooms across Kent County and beyond. We dive into the challenges and changes of K-12 education, opening a window into our public schools to provide a glimpse of the little miracles of learning that happen there. Featuring a rotating cast of guests from all 20 school districts in Kent Intermediate School District, Study Hall will introduce you to amazing students, dynamite teachers and brainy education experts. 

Kentwood — In this episode, Study Hall welcomes East Kentwood High School history teacher Matt Vriesman, who was recently named National History Teacher of the Year by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. Vriesman talks about his website, Antiracist APUSH, which provides lessons to help students identify and expose policies that have led to racial disparities in American society. In his classroom, students learn that historians are on a quest for the truth and how learning the truth is empowering. 

You can download the podcast by clicking on the embed above, or listen to it right here on the SNN page. You can also subscribe to the podcast through the RSS feed here or find the podcast on many of your favorite streaming platforms. You can also listen to Episode #1 in the player above.

If you have ideas for future programs, feel free to send them to us at SNN@kentisd.org. Thanks for listening, and happy studying!

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