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Holidays, History and Values

3 Credits
Most everyone enjoys holidays, but few clearly understand the meanings, traditions, and values behind these special days. Holidays tell us much about the past and also about the values that those in the present find worth preserving for the future. Learn how to use holidays to teach a variety of subject areas across the K-12 curriculum. Holidays can be an enriching and interesting way to communicate content standards and values. This course examines over 30 holidays observed in America, explains their history, and stimulates thoughtful analysis about the values these days of celebration and remembrance promote.

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Dr. Allen Carden

As both a teacher of history at the college and university level for over four decades, and a researcher and writer of history, my love for studying the past and sharing my insights has only increased with time. A great history class in my junior year of high school grabbed my interest and helped establish a trajectory that has been so much more than a job; it has been an adventure, a passion, and I would even say a ministry in which the search for truth and exposure of historical error has fascinated me. I love taking complex historical events and persons and trying to make them understandable and relevant to my students. It is my privilege to be not only an instructor of continuing education courses for Fresno Pacific University, but also to be a full-time professor of history at this fine institution. One of the joys of my professional life life has been developing 17 courses for FPU's continuing education offerings, primarily in history but also in education and cross-cultural studies. Enriching the fund of knowledge for teachers through these courses has been very satisfying.