One mistake I’ve made over and over again: teaching traumatic events in history without understanding the need to embed them within a wider, and more empowering, social-historical narrative.
Picower’s work on the six elements of social justice has helped me understand the importance of sequencing, so that
1. students do not internalise the trauma of these events, and /or
2. see these events as the fault or inevitable condition of the victims’ existence
3. nor do these events define a people as powerless, voiceless, or lacking agency