David Vixie has taught in the class room for over 30 years and is known for his creative teaching methods. Vixie has received numerous teaching awards including the 2004 Wells Fargo Teacher of the Year award and Walt Disney’s prestigious Teacher of the Year award in 2005. He is currently an 8th-grade Humanities teacher in Paradise, California.
The narratives of human drama have traditionally been captured, preserved and forwarded by tradition bearers or history conscious individuals. Most people, like my parents and grandparents and even me, never write about their experiences for the benefit of the future. Some can’t. Some don’t know how and some are just too busy. The majority, I surmise, just don’t consider that what they have to say is of any significant value beyond nostalgia. Yet each story is incredibly valuable as a source of new information, of unique and typical experiences and of personal perspective.
The iHistory WW2 video contest will empower students to become historians. It will give them the ability to capture the story of the common person, as well as the elite. It will give educators and students a practical and valued role in gathering narratives that will help document the diverse American experience. It grants them the privilege of working with the Library of Congress to preserve and forward their stories into the future. Every interview is a moment when a student will have taken their face out of a cold textbook and looked into the warm face of a real person who shaped the democracy and freedom which they have passed forward. It puts them in a position to receive that inheritance with respect and gratitude. Every story is important for it is in the gathering of an immense variety of voices from the participants of historic events that we can help to bring equality to the historical record. Each interview will capture an important voice before it becomes historically silent.
To learn how to enter the contest and view the Official Rules, please visit: http://www.heroes-ww2.org