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Future-Focused History, the commonsense idea that knowledge of the past can inform judgment in the future

important knowledge from the past that can inform judgment in the future.

Any society that has developed the capacity to destroy most life on earth needs all the good judgment it can get, and there is no better place to seek it than in the long record of human experience."

-From the Introduction

Now available, a new book by

Student's Friend founder Mike Maxwell:

Future-Focused History Teaching:

Restoring the Power of Historical Learning

"This book is intended for people who value history and believe that historical learning should be less a pointless exercise in temporarily memorizing trivial facts for the next exam, and more a quest for




A conflict at the heart of history education

1   An encounter with the power of history

2   Basic problems of history education

3   Who is to blame for the trivia game?

4   Hard times for history education


5   Historical knowledge suitable for education

6   Cognition and the grand assumption

7   Basic principles of history education

8   How useful is history schooling?

9   Threats to judgment: ignorance and bias

10  Taking the vision to school

Epilogue: The dance of destiny

© 2001-2018 Michael G. Maxwell, Maxwell Learning LLC

Future-Focused History Teaching, Restoring the Power of Historical Learning

Former journalist and history teacher Mike Maxwell has been operating the Student's Friend website since 2001.

In addition to writing Future-

Focused History Teaching, he is the author of The Student's Friend Concise World History.

"The tragedy of typical history instruction is not just that we forget it, but that it is so forgettable. Mike Maxwell's thoughtful prescription: Principles drawn from history that speak to today and tomorrow."

     –David Perkins, Professor Emeritus,

     Harvard Graduate School of Education

Mike Maxwell, history educator

To learn more,

or to order the book,


"Quotes" about history education

from Future Focused History Teaching

The Student's Friend: a concise history ot the world and world history textbook