At this moment of global crisis, no topic is more urgent than the Coronavirus. Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, Covid-19 is sweeping the world, affecting individuals in every country, from China and Italy, to South Korea and Iran, to the United States.
As the number of infections and deaths rises across America, the medical crisis is accompanied by both social and financial concerns. The virus has forced many changes in the way we live, cope and teach. From social distancing to school closings to remote work patterns or — more grimly— how we envision life if we or our loved ones get sick and require hospitalization or quarantine, there is both change and high anxiety in the air.
At the same time, this is a teaching moment for NCSS. Social studies teachers know that “those who don’t learn from that past are doomed to repeat it.” History is instructive. It offers lessons and we are wise to learn them.
In this webinar called More Deadly Than War, we will take a brief look at the history of pandemics, focusing on what the Spanish flu pandemic during World War I meant in America and around the world. While scientists, doctors, and medical writers on the front lines are quick to point out that the Coronavirus and Spanish flu are very different, there is much to learn from the most deadly modern pandemic. What does history teach us about pandemics?
As school systems grapple with huge decisions, our students have questions and so do teachers. This webinar is meant as a conversation, not a lecture, in which we will share our concerns and approaches and try to bring some of the wisdom of the past to bear on the present. Kenneth C. Davis will draw on research from his book More Deadly Than War. He will also be offering 10 free classroom virtual visits, subject to his availability.