History is the most important subject in secondary school, yet often is the most ignored and the worst taught. To teach the dynamic of the human historical experience in order to give perspective to the student's own existence is the greatest responsibility that a teacher can have. However, this can not be done by the rote memorization of dates and names that too often passes for "history" in secondary schools in the United States. Names and dates are only the skeleton of history, and only by providing the students with the skills of a professional historian can history become the vibrant and living subject that it should be. Learn a new approach to history that takes advantage of the student's curiosity and creativity.