Education Week Celebrates History

first_imgIn his 33 years as a teacher, Greg King has instilled hundreds ofstudents with his love of history — and used some unusualmethods along the way. Last month, for example, he and hisstudents at Prince Andrew High School organized a nationalconference on the Halifax Explosion. Mr. King is one of 27 award recipients being honoured today,April 18, as part of Provincial Education Week 2005 celebrations.The theme of Education Week, which runs from April 17-23, isHistory: Look in your own backyard/L’Histoire: Partout autour denous. “History is more than what we learn in textbooks — it’s allaround us in family stories, homes, communities and ourprovince,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “There are manyteachers like Greg King all across our province, who are helpingstudents appreciate history and encouraging them to activelyinvestigate the history that surrounds them.” Mr. King says that it is his job to get students excited about,and interested in, history using events like the HalifaxExplosion conference, which was called “Halifax Wrecked.” Thatconference, which attracted 500 participants, featuredprofessionally performed ballads of the era, a re-enactment and aluncheon to honour survivors and their families. “The next generation is key to preserving history,” said Mr.King. “We need to toss the torch of learning, responsibility andinsight to our students.” The province recognizes history as an important component of abalanced school program of studies. The Atlantic Canada socialstudies curriculum supports teachers in encouraging students toexplore history in a variety of ways. In 2005-06, the Department of Education will implement newhistory curricula in grades primary to two and in Grade 7. Theprovince will be providing a wealth of new learning resources forthe younger classes. Students in Grade 7 will receive newtextbooks and other resources. Teachers will receive newresources as well, and will participate in at least one day ofin-service education about the new curriculum and resources. Education Week is supported by five key education partners: theDepartment of Education, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, the NovaScotia School Boards Association, the Nova Scotia Federation ofHome and School Associations, and la Fédération des parentsacadiens de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Schools and school boards acrossthe province also host events during the week. Education Week has been celebrated in Nova Scotia since the1930s. For the third year in a row, the Teachers Plus CreditUnion is supporting Education Week with a corporate sponsorship.last_img read more