Friday, January 1, 2016

Favorite comments of '15: Anonymouses and momof4


Anonymous said...
The best history textbooks (and they have always existed) track social/cultural movements, economic forces, scientific advances -- pretty much everything. Some were even written by more than one person, but never by a committee assembled by a publisher aiming to capture market share.

Anonymous said...
There are also modern textbooks that are truly excellent. They are few and far between, but they exist.

momof4 said...
Could you identify some of the good ones?

Anonymous said...
K12's Human Odyssey series for middle school. They have a high school version too, but I haven't used it. Ways of the World by Robert W. Strayer for high school (it's actually a college text) is amazingly well written. K12's The American Odyssey for high school. And K12's *concise* version of Joy Hakim's A History of US for late elementary is very readable and doesn't have the scrunched, wander-y quality of the original series.

K12 did an excellent job preparing its history materials--everything I've used from them is readable, coherent, and interesting. You can buy the books without ordering the courses.

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gasstationwithoutpumps said...

Joy Hakim's Story of Science is a good history text. We used it as a spine for a (homeschooled) high-school world history course. Supplementing with Larry Gonnick's cartoon history series was enough for a 720 on SAT 2 World history.