We interview Lev Moscow who, for the last 14 years, has taught history and economics at The Beacon School in New York City. Lev reflects that advisory, done well, can serve as a venue for students to explore questions of ethics, purpose and happiness. He talks about balancing the history curriculum to include non-European perspectives. Getting students to read more than a few sentences is perhaps today’s teachers’ greatest challenge and Lev explains his approach.
*References, overview and transcript below.
00:58-07:24 Advice to new teachers; advisory; Consortium schools (NYC)
07:25-10:47 Electronic technology in the classroom
10:48-12:00 Advisory and relationships
12:01:17:33 Print/reading and digital tech cultures
17:34-19:15 HS versus college cultures
21:32-27:58 Homework (continued): writing, historiography, SQR, short and long-term assignments
27:59-37:37 Language of ethics; ethics and morality; “truth” and skepticism; Dewey; existentialism
37:38-40:14 De-centering Europe in teaching modern Global History