Is What I’m Reading on the Internet Real?

Have you ever read information on-line and wondered if the information was true or not?  Take this quiz to find out…

  1. Has someone identified themselves as the owner of the information?

  2. Have you seen the information on different websites?

  3. Is the information from a source that you are familiar with?

  4. Does the information have a published date?

  5. Is the Author of the information an expert in the subject area? Did he/she go to school to study that subject?

  6. Does the information match what you already know?

  7. Does the information seem realistic?


Want to learn more about these questions and learning how to find the truth when reading information on-line?  Read the entire article here!


School Success Starts with the Basics!

Want your child to have a great school year?  Then start with the basics.  The following items are needed EVERYDAY for a student to do his/her best at school:

  • Sleep. Check out this article on sleep.  Sleep is incredibly important for a kid to be successful in school.  I have seen students many times too tired to concentrate.  It is crucial students and parents create a sleep schedule and STICK to it!
  • A regular time and place to do homework.  Homework is serious business.  In some classes, homework can account for as much as 50% of a student’s grade.  Be sure your student creates a routine to get homework done, EVERYDAY.  And where ever that homework spot is make sure it is a quiet, TV and radio free zone.
  • Help.  Sussman offers so many different programs to help students who need it.  Comment below or call me for all the places your student can get help before, during, or after the school day.
  • A full stomach.  Healthy Breakfasts and lunches are served at Sussman.  Be sure your student does not skip meals.  School is a lot of work and kids need all of the energy they can get.
  • Three-way Communication with parent, student, and teacher. Working together we can achieve a lot.

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A Lesson to be Learned from an Old Photo

Screen shot 2015-11-01 at 6.52.00 AMThis week I found an article about this old photo entitled “General Grant at City Point” (Library of Congress) and thought it would help make a point about studying Social Studies.

The photo is of General Grant reviewing troops during the Civil War.  When historians took a good look at the photo they began to notice a few things.

  1.  Grant is wearing the wrong uniform for the time period.
  2.  General Grants head seems to be tilted at an odd angle.
  3.   The horse the General is riding doesn’t look like any of the horses he owned.
  4.   And finally, there are scratches around Grant’s head and the horse’s body.

After much examination the conclusion was made that this photo is a fake.  During the infancy of photography, which is when this photo was taken, many photographers saw themselves as artists.  They were able to do many fantastic things with photographs.  Combining photos together was just one trick of the trade.

So just where did the photos come from?

So make your point, Espeseth…

My point is, when studying or learning about history a person must be very careful.  It is easy to take history’s story for face value but when doing so the learner can miss the deeper meaning or in the instance of this picture be tricked into thinking history is something else.  I always remind my students that there can be more than one version of history.  That we, as historians, must think carefully and judge history.