Big History – how’s this for a high school history course?
This is my kind of history course. It’s called Big History, it’s intended for high school students, and it spans the 13.7 billion years from the Big Bang to the present. Here’s an overview of the course, taken from the teachers’ guide.
Big history weaves evidence and insights from many scientific and historical disciplines across 13.7 billion years into a single, cohesive, science-based origin story. The concept arose from a desire to go beyond specialized and self-contained fields of study to grasp history as a whole. Big history explores how we are connected to everything around us and where we may be heading. It provides a foundation for thinking about the future and the changes that are reshaping our world.
The Big History course is the brainchild of David Christian, a history professor at Macquarie University. Here he is talking about the Big History concept.
The Big History Project is getting lots of support from Bill Gates, who thinks it’s the ultimate history course. More at the ABC here.