“We need more teachers like Philip Bigler and all our other honorees in every classroom in America today. For it is they who can makeour schools the best in the world. It is they who can guarantee that America will have another American Century in the 21st century.” President Bill Clinton, Rose Garden Ceremony, April 24, 1998.
Teaching History in an Uncivilized World is the latest book by National Teacher of the Year Philip Bigler. It is a fascinating chronicle of his 23-year odyssey as a high school history and humanities teacher. Widely recognized for his innovative and exciting methods, Bigler explains how as a novice teacher he discovered the power of using historical simulations to motivate students and to help them become active participants in their own learning. These inspiring lessons proved highly effective in teaching important curricular content as President Bill Clinton would later acknowledge: "Through these historic simulations, his students have learned lessons about democracy and the meaning of citizenship, lessons we want every American to know."