Eric Foner’s quote challenges us to think of history as a two-way process. The past and the future are tightly joined; one cannot change without the other.
Here in tidewater Virginia as elsewhere, people view the past on many levels. Some see it as knowledge workers, some as descendants of Virginians from centuries past, some as visitors with varying degrees of interest. We are influenced by a global community in viewing the past. Our views of history clearly mirror the culture we live in, and for many people history is irrelevant.
For me, however, history matters. History connects us to who we were, who we are, and who we are likely to become as a people. Education drives that metamorphosis. It is how we socialize and culturally assimilate members of society.
History and education continually inform each other: That perspective is the basis for this blog. Through it, I hope to explore the “how and why” of Virginia history as it is interpreted in different education environments, as a running commentary on those interpretations.