Professor Emerita at the University of Arkansas

former member of the Massachusetts Board of Education.

Sandra Stotsky

Why do you think that teaching history is worthwhile?

Informed citizens need to understand why we live and think the way we do. It is especially important for citizens of a free society to understand how their principles and institutions have evolved, what the threats to their survival have been in the past, and how they have been protected or advanced in the past.

If you were to teach only one episode in history, what would it be and why?

The American Constitutional Convention, with James Madison’s notes and the Federalist Papers as supplementary readings.

Do you support the inclusion of U.S. History on MCAS tests? Why or why not?

Yes. High school history and U.S. government teachers need the moral and educational support of a state test based on first-class standards that they agreed upon a decade ago.