An oral history project is an opportunity to transform the learning landscape for grade to graduate school students. The American Century Oral History Project was created in 1991 and empowers students to collect, preserve, and publish an oral history interview for those living and yet unborn. This web site was created to not only honor the work of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School students but to also provide a model and resource for sharing and expanding the use of oral history as an educational methodology.
Students deserve authentic opportunities to apply their knowledge to real-world experiences. What I have come to realize is that an oral history project allows students to develop most of those skills that have been identified as vital for success in the 21st century world. Thus the oldest form of recording history has the ability to prepare students for a future where listening, meaning, empathy, teaming and diversity will be vital for their work-place environment while they preserve a historical perspective only the recorded interview can provide.