changing the way we teach history
The result of the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress, administered by the Department of Education, is astounding. Only 12% of high school students in the U.S. is proficient at history. 12% proficiency, that's the lowest of any subject. What's worse, it's trending down.
The way we teach history now is undeniably flawed. Mass media and technology had advanced at an unbelieve rate, but the method of teaching remained the same: a lecture by a teacher. The quality of teacher also vary widely. Some are inspiring, while other boring. Students do not understand history not because they are not bright, but because they don't have the foundation. Teachers focus on small events to pass tests, they don't inspire the student to see the big picture. Without that foundation, students don't understand, or take interest in history.
We seek to change that. We hope to inspire learning, understanding, and interest in history by helping students see both the big and small picture. We hope to be able to change the way students understand history by using media and technology. Students should learn history from the top down, they should learn it using images and intuition.
Pictoria was created as a summer project by a group of high school students with passion in San Diego in 2019.