Teaching 19th Century History With Star Trek

Teaching 19th Century History With Star Trek

To Boldly Go…Into 19th Century America The three episodes that deal with issues related to 19th Century America do not necessarily represent the best of the franchise.  While I actually really like “The Paradise Syndrome” and think that it can give us some very interesting insights into First Contact, I do know that most people don’t have a lot of respect for it.  On the other hand, I really don’t like “The Savage Curtain”, but I do appreciate that it allows for exploring issues surrounding race, especially as it evolved between the 19th and 20th centuries.   Finally, “Specter of the…

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Teaching European History With Star Trek

Teaching European History With Star Trek

This post is the 2nd in a series written by my guest, Susan. Read part one: Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek. To Boldly Go…Into European History Of the three episodes that lend themselves well to approaching events in European history, two are among my very favorites.  The first of these is “Wolf in the Fold”, which sets the story of Jack the Ripper on another planet.  The other is “Patterns of Force,” which describes another just as fearful time, the reign of Nazi Germany.  The third episode, “All Our Yesterdays,” places Kirk in 17th Century England, and deals with Witch…

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Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek

Teaching Ancient History With Star Trek

If you think the idea of using Star Trek episodes to teach history sounds odd, you’re right.  Let’s face it:  while it is a fabulous genre, and one of my favorite TV shows of all time, it’s not exactly famous for its historical accuracy.  But wait.  How do you know that?  I’ll tell you how.  Because you’ve studied history and can pick out the flaws, and that’s a great skill to have, one that we need to pass on to our children.  So, as you read these next few entries, you will come across times when I suggest challenging your…

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Homeschooling With Star Trek

Homeschooling With Star Trek

In honor of Sir Patrick Stewart’s (aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard) birthday this month, we would love to share my family’s love of Star Trek with you. Everyone who knows us knows we are complete Trekkies. My son actually wants to be a scientist because of Star Trek. Did you know that hundreds of engineers and scientists proudly proclaim that their career choices were influenced by Star Trek. How many tv shows can claim that kind of success and influence?? Inspired by Trek The big wigs at NASA, for many decades, have been Star Trek fans. NASA’s first shuttle was actually named…

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