Through no fault of their own, young people are losing their understanding of the past. As the focus of education increasingly shifts toward math and science, we lose sight of the important role the humanities play in creating well-rounded adults. Because standardized tests focus less and less on humanities, teachers spend less classroom time on them.
Fortunately, many students are actively seeking to expand their knowledge of history through the annual Texas History Day program, which covers not just Texas, but wide-ranging places and times. Through it, students pick their own topics, use history methodology, and choose a specific medium through which to present their projects. Those who win at this state level go on to compete nationally.
The Ruthe Winegarten Foundation for Texas Women's History, for which I am board president, offers an award for projects that focus on Texas women. In addition, I and other board members have served as judges during the event, an experience that boosts confidence about the positive impact Texas History Day makes on students and the quality of teaching and support that teachers provide.
It takes financial support, of course, to keep Texas History Day going. With your donation, you can help enhance our students' study of the past while helping them learn valuable skills needed to succeed in the future.