Welcome to “Why Teach History?”
My name is Jim Smith. I am a former high school history and humanities teacher who has been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and a finalist for the National Teachers Hall of Fame. I now work as a writer, publisher, education consultant, and part-time teacher.
As a consultant, I conduct workshops on teaching history and helping students develop analytical thinking and writing skills. As a writer, I publish under the aegis of Suncrest Publications. When I am not consulting or writing, I am teaching classes on music history in community education and lifelong learning programs.
Almost everything I do professionally is related to my passion for history. Whether I am providing high school students a few tips on how to write an argumentative essay or helping adults understand a Beethoven symphony, I am always, in some way, trying to promote the study of history. I believe that history, when taught well, can be a humanizing subject that helps people put their lives in context and see something bigger than themselves. I am motivated by the hope that when more people have a better sense of history our world might become just a littler more rational and humane.
To read more about the reasons I think history is an essential subject, read my essay titled “Why Teach History?”
This website was designed to help people keep abreast of my latest projects, provide access to my publications, and serve as resource for the teachers and students attending my presentations.