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TEDxHISD -- Jason Darnell - History Class Needs Its Own Revolution!

Jason Darnell currently teaches 7th grade Texas History at Lanier Middle School in Houston, Texas, and serves as the social studies department chair as well. This will be his twelfth year of teaching at the middle school level. A native-Houstonian, Mr. Darnell attended Stratford High School in Spring Branch and graduated from the University of Houston in 1999. His wife, Ashly, serves as a student-support administrator in KatyISD and his oldest of two children attends Roberts Elementary. Mr. Darnell is dedicated to being an extraordinary teacher, speaker and thinker, and attempts to introduce his students to new ways of thinking about history, about education, as well as dissecting and analyzing the information they receive from many sources. Together with good friend and fellow Lanier teacher, Rick Brennan, Mr. Darnell is co-owner of Histrionix LLC, a company dedicated to creating innovative interactive textbooks for social studies classrooms that allow students to participate in the forces that shape our history. So my question is why should we let the actions of so few, dictate and write the history for so many? Why do we let wars, generals, and political leaders, dictate the scope and sequence of our curriculum when our students have no connection? About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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