tv Interview with C-SPAN Teacher Fellow Zachariah Lowe CSPAN August 15, 2019 4:17pm-4:31pm EDT
farmer about social movements of the 1960's leading up to woodstock. 50 years, sunday 9:00 eastern on c-span's washington journal. also live on "american history tv" on c-span3. every year c-span awards fellowships to several middle and high school teachers who have demonstrated innovative methods of incorporating c-span programs in their teaching. they join c-span's educational relations team in washington, dc for four weeks in july to develop new teaching materials are they helped lead c-span summer educator conference. one of the 32019 teacher fellows is middle school teacher zachariah lowe of sumter, south carolina. zach lowe is one of our teacher fellows, a teacher at army davis college prep in sumter.
tell us about your students. >> they come from very rural areas. we are very on the edge of sumter county, kind of shaped like the panhandle. we are completely away from the nearest city. k-8.ve about 400 kids grow,ds are determined to determined to low. personalities, trying to make their communities a better place. your focus is south carolina state history. what prompted you to be a teacher fellow? zach: i came to c-span's educator conference a few years ago. it was right after my first year of teaching, and it was hard for my students to realize of what happens in washington because so many of them have not ever left sumter county.
or you know there's a field trip year whereast school most of the kids it was the first time they had ever even been to a zoo. that conference kind of planted the seed of using c-span's footage and clips in my classroom to show them what's happening in washington and why it's so important. over the last couple of years, i've made it a point to use those primary sources, and this fellowship would offer an opportunity for me not only to learn more about the state history resources that c-span offers but also to try and contribute more and build on top of what already exists. >> what are some of the practical things you take away from this experience in washington in terms of as a teacher and secondarily, what do you think they should learn about politics or policy here that you may be changed your opinion on? zach: i didn't realize how much c-span had to offer. i knew about the gavel to gavel coverage on the house and senate, but we referenced that conference a couple years ago
about "american history tv", the cities tour, comic book event things of that nature but as teachers, practitioners we don't have a ton of time to watch this is because and see what's inside. so this experience really showed me just how much stuff there is, places museum tours, discussion , with other people that i did realize existed with c-span. but i think there is that adage that there's more that unites us event actually what divides us, and i think this experience showed me that come to fruition not just in politics where you are viewing your legislators communicating with each other in a friendly nature, friendly discourse, not so much you see on the media and things of that nature but working together to , try and solve some of the issues that are in our country. but then also the pride local committees have in their history, and in stories in each other that come up to the top when you are watching through this footage.
>> you said you focus on south carolina but before the interview you told us you are from youngstown, ohio. south carolina, the center point of the original 13 colonies. certainly the start of the secession crisis in the civil war. it must have taken you quite a bit to get up to speed on south carolina history. zach: south carolina history course is basically u.s. history with a couple extra things, but in youngstown there is a ton of good history, but south carolina of course you just mentioned one of the original 13 colonies, you have a couple at least another 200 years of history there. just an example, my grandparents came down to visit about two, three weeks ago, and their big thing is they like to go visit cemeteries. see who is buried where. i didn't realize but the town i'm living in has the gravesite of the guy who shot the canon at the battle of fort sumter to
start the civil war. they're so much history that i don't even know about, and think you could say i am doing a moderate disservice to my students. there's always something to be discovered and showing my students that maybe they can go be empowered to try and find their own history. >> if you could take them on a bit longer field trip than to the zoo, if you could bring them here to washington, among the places you've seen or visited while you're in washington, where would you take them to teach them a lesson? what would that lesson be? zach: i think i would have to try and bring them here for a month and go everywhere. >> i'm giving you a day. just kidding. zach: i think you have go to the two african-american history museum. that directly connects a lot of my students' lives. that's what piques your interest. it's their own heritage. my school is about 95% african-american so that covers a lot about their history and also some of the challenges are -- they are dealing with today in the 21st century, but i think right here the u.s. capitol is a
good place to visit as well, see the actual process in action. talking about the role of the executive branch and trying to filter through all of the divisiveness that is currently occurring in our country and getting down to what are they actually doing for you as a citizen? >> you and your colleague elinor green have used the term primary sources talking about teaching your kids where to find information. how hard of it is a challenge is it to use those resources and not use less reputable sources of information? zach: my students have a good knowledge of what constitutes a reputable source. i think with some of the terminology being thrown around in our country today, they are questioning everything, which is good, so they are trying to find answers to their questions. what can we use, what can't we to dive i think deeper, it is not what's
reputable and what's not and we find a source on both sides. how can we use that to examine the claims but also look at the other side as well? >> as you leave your fellowship and head back to classes, what sort of practices or things have you picked up from either your teacher fellows or the broader summer conference here at c-span, what sort of things may you bring back into the class? zach: for me personally, a renewed passion to teach about american government and the principles of democracy getting here in a place-based , history, being in the middle of it all has been a rejuvenating experience, but for my students, i think the idea of personal stories. right? through all these professional development i have done over the last summer, it is all about what makes people tick? what makes people make their decisions and this experience looking through footage from all 50 states, puerto rico and washington, dc, talking with people in the town of washington , d c has really honed my focus
in telling individual stories and how they have an impact on everyone around. >> we have covered "american history tv" and some of the local people have gone into south carolina quite a bit. zach: greenville, charleston and columbia. >> as you have been in washington what interesting , sites or things have you had a chance to do, not just the size of which, what would you point out? zach: actually i got to go to the south lawn of the white house and watch the president give a press conference. it was announcing the resignation of secretary of labor alex acosta. i got to watch the president depart on marine one. i guess that was a pretty cool once-in-a-lifetime experience. i have been now -- it's my fourth summer in the heat for some sort of fellowship so i got a chance to go find those things off the beaten path. this is my first time going to the zoo myself -- >> the national zoo. zach: right.
but kind of made me going back and spend time in places i've already been. for instance the , african-american history museum, got to spend a couple of hours. it wasn't too crowded. got to go to the apollo 11 on washington monument which was cool. >> 50th anniversary. zach: 50th anniversary, yeah. so just kind of getting into more detail, focus on what washington, dc has to offer. >> when students from the class and there are big political things happening, president from -- president trump says something or congress does something, what is the number one thing you sort of hear from your students in terms of current political events? zach: they kind of regurgitate in a way whatever their parents say, whatever viewpoints they carry from home into the classroom. that is pretty much their focus. regardless of issue, it could be gay marriage, abortion, the military, it's whatever their parents have been, and that's
-- their parents have taught them and that's why we try and , instill the capacity and ability for the kids to read through the sources themselves and make their own determinations. in fact, i had some of my student this last year take one of the polls to find out which ones they would align with. there were several that said , a democrat and they take the quiz, and it's completely conservative also on the flipside so i think teaching them how to understand what the political parties represent, their platforms and what each individual candidate brings to the table, and counteracting the hearsay and things that they hear in the news or from their family members. >> zach lowe, 2019 teacher for c-span glad you're here. ,zach: glad to be here. >> for more information about c-span's education resources and our teacher fellowship program, go to c-span.org/classroom. president trump holds a campaign rally in manchester, new
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