5 Questions with Paul Kutner

Posted by James McEvoy on Dec 6, 2017 10:36:58 AM
The Educational Forum for Families with Intellectually Curious Students on Saturday, December 9, 2017 is a day of fun and learning for families with students in grades 4-12 and open to all on the campus of Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, New Jersey. Presentations for parents include sessions on technology in education, emotional intelligence, the relevance of learning history, gifted and talented advocacy, and much more. Interactive workshops for students include 3-D printing, public speaking, the magic of modern tinkering, creating a virtual world and more. Click here for more information and to register.
 
Ahead of the Forum, we are interviewing some of the presenters who will inspire our parent and student attendees.
 
Here, we caught up with Paul Kutner, Director of Global Learning at Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, who will present on "The Relevence of Learning History."
 
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1. What will attendees learn during your session?

Why history is so important: we’ll go through certain historical events and how to get young people to engage with history. We will also discuss revisionism and why it is important to combat it, as well as how we are the gate-keepers of history, the power people wield to manipulate it. We’ll discuss how to report history and facts accurately, in as objective a way as possible..


2. Why should someone attend your session?

History is not necessarily something that is in a textbook, nor is it names, dates, places or grandiose events. We live through history daily through events big and small, and it’s important to understand this and do our part in documenting history carefully and meticulously.


3. Who is your session geared toward?
It’s geared more toward parents and older students, but it is also relevant to garnering interest among younger students. Some of the topics are sensitive, so I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone under 12.

 

4. What book are you reading now?

"Pride and Prejudice." Somehow I never read this in high school and with the Kindle my wife gave me, I’m reading all the classics I missed in my teens. But next on my list is "The Gift of the Suitcase," which is a work of fiction based upon the historical events of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, my main area of Holocaust research.

 

5. How can people follow you online?

Feel free to email me at paul.kutner@oakknoll.org

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Paul Kutner is a graduate of the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and has taught at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in Manhattan, Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, St. Saviour Elementary School in Brooklyn and Lycée Georges Brassens in Paris. Kutner also served as the program dean of Oxbridge Academic Programs in Paris. At Oak Knoll, Kutner launched the school’s Global Learning initiative, which initiated  exchange programs with schools in France and Spain. He is also actively involved in Holocaust research, specifically regarding a small French village that saved more than 3,500 Jews.

Topics: education, high school, middle school, educational forum, history