For social studies teachers, WWI presents a growing challenge

Apr 6, 2017 by

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Historian Michael Neiberg used to ask students to list three seminal events of the 20th century in chronological order: World War I, World War II, and the Cold War.

The question stumped some students, who wrote that World War II preceded World War I, he said.

The story drew laughs from social studies teachers gathered this week in Dorchester for a forum about teaching World War I, but many said they too have stood in Neiberg’s shoes.

Though the conflict set the stage for complex problems that continue to haunt the world today, many Americans know little about the war and educators generally don’t have enough time to teach it, experts said during an event at Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate.


Jeremiah Manion of the Globe staff contributed. Laura Crimaldi can be reached at Follow her on Twitter @lauracrimaldi.

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