BY DONALD J. JOHNSON AND JEAN E. JOHNSON
NEW YORK: THE APEX PRESS, 2008
352 PAGES, ISBN: 0-938960-55-5, PAPERBACK
Reviewed by Marc Gilbert
The most important criteria for selecting classroom materials that support teaching a subject as diverse and complex as Indian civilization should be the degree to which they offer a coherent vision of their subject. A lack of vision may undermine student confidence, and may hinder their ability to examine complexities that lie beneath the “big picture.” These complexities yield the most accurate knowledge of a culture and offer the best opportunities to build learning skills, and clear foundational material is paramount. Ideally, solid materials provide both this necessary baseline and at least a glimpse of the more accurate and revealing depths that instructors and students can explore.
MARC JASON GILBERT (PhD, UCLA) is the holder of the National Endowment for the Humanities Endowed Chair in World History and Humanities at Hawai`i Pacific University.