My name is Scott Powell and my passion is history.
For over twenty years, I have studied and taught history, and I have seen countless students struggle to retain the historical facts they are taught, even when I have carefully selected the most essential ones to teach them.
Working with adults and children, including my own wife and son, I have finally realized why the challenge of historical cognition is so daunting: in order for historical knowledge to be the powerful tool it can and ought to be, it must embody a seamless integration of past and present.
Of course, conventional historiography blatantly rejects this crucial truth, focusing exclusively on the past, or on a version of it suited only to subjective preference. To correct this distortion a properly integrated presentation of history must be dedicated to the whole truth, and yet ruthlessly selective, drawing only upon the facts that connect vividly and compellingly to the present day. Every fact presented in a history must connect to life here and now, thus making it possible for students to relate the past to their direct experience of the world and their values. When such a connection exists, it is immeasurably easier to retain and use historical knowledge in one’s thinking.
This approach to history is embodied in my programs for homeschoolers at History At Our House, courses for adults at Powell History, the upcoming Be Your Own Historian, and my forthcoming book “The History of Now.”