Omrit & the Classroom

Most of the people at Omrit are history, classics, or archaeology majors. Looking at my biography on this site you can see that I am none of the above. I am an elementary education major. If this is the case what am I doing on an archaeological dig you may ask. With the knowledge I have gained about ancient and modern Israel I hope to give my students a better education. One that others in my field might not be able to. When I was in grammar school I believed that history as a whole was similar to mythology. The things we learned were simply stories created to explain things, in this case the past. As my schooling continued I learned that this was not the case since we have pieces of literature that survived time and explain what was happening to some extent. From there I learned that remains of civilizations also help to understand the past. Before this last semester of college with Jason Schlude however I had a skewed view of how these things worked together. They aren’t as exact as one might hope since writers have their own reasons for writing and cultural history takes years to fully understand. This then adds up to years and years of work for even the smallest amount of information to be proven correct. In my classrooms I can then pass this understanding on using Omrit as a concrete example so that my students can decide if they wish to join this battle for a better understanding of history. This is why an elementary educator has come to Omrit.