Churchillians Organize Teachers Seminar
Report by JOHN MATHER, MD FACPE
With a grant-in-aid from the International Churchill Society, the Churchill Society of Tennessee (CSOT) sponsored a one-day seminar on Sir Winston Churchill’s life on January 7th. Teachers in History and English from the ten public high schools in Williamson County, Tennessee were invited to attend for free. Directed by noted Churchill scholars Professor James W. Muller and Professor Warren Kimball, the sessions were a resounding success with “full marks” coming from all of the teachers in attendance.
The seminar achieved its primary goal of familiarizing the History and English teachers in attendance with Churchill’s life and times. The teachers were asked to read two of Churchill’s books, My Early Life and Thoughts and Adventures. A workbook of key resource materials was provided each attendee. Additionally, access to the Churchill Archives for Schools was made available by Bloomsbury publishing.
The effort this year was a pilot and, with the lessons learned, will provide a blueprint for an expansion in 2018 to include teachers from an additional 100 or so public and private high schools in Middle Tennessee. Feedback from this year has been most positive, and CSOT is dedicated to educating everyone, teachers and the students alike, on the significance of Churchill as a peacemaker.
The Churchill Archives for Schools is free to all secondary schools upon request thanks to a generous donation from ICS Chairman Laurence Geller. For more information, please contact Kevin Jones at Bloomsbury publishing: [email protected]