Peter Gibbon

Senior Research Fellow

Dr. Peter Gibbon is the director of a National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar, “Philosophers of Education: Major Thinkers from the Enlightenment to the Present.”  The seminar draws teachers and administrators from all over the country for three weeks in residence at BU Wheelock. Dr. Gibbon has taught “The Intellectual Foundations of Education” to graduate students at BU Wheelock, conducted a NEH pilot program for an American History Bee, and directed several NEH programs in American history education. He is former head of Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, where he taught ancient and medieval history, European history, anthropology, American history and a variety of electives in American, English and European literature.

PhD, Educational Administration, Teachers College, Columbia University
Candidate in Philosophy, American History, University of Michigan
MA, American History, Case-Western Reserve University
BA, English, Harvard College

"Jane Addams: A Hero for Our Time." Humanities, Fall 2021.

"Historians Disagree About Everything, or So It Seems." Humanities, Summer 2017. 

“One and the Many: Hirsch versus Gardner: Should American education treat children as individuals or have the same goals for all students?” Humanities, Fall 2016.

"John Dewey: Portrait of a Progressive Thinker." Humanities, Spring 2019.

"The Thinker Who Believed in Doing: William James and the philosophy of pragmatism." Humanities, Fall 2018.

“John Locke: An Education Progressive Ahead of His Time?” Education Week, 2015.

“A Timeless View of Education From 1899.” Education Week, 2013.

“Teaching at Stuyvesant High.” Boston University Journal of Education, 2009.

“My Day at Stuyvesant High.” Boston University Journal of Education, 2009.

“The More Human, Realistic Jefferson.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2007.

“No Teacher Left Behind.” For Trustees Only, April 2005.

“Why Teachers Matter” Boston University Journal of Education, 2003

“A Teacher’s Tough Model.” The Washington Post. October 12, 2004.

“Ten History Lessons.” National Council for History Education, In., Ideas, Notes, and  News About History Education, May, 2004.

“Despite his flaws, King made the difference.” Philadelphia Inquirer, January 20, 2003. 

A Call to Heroism: Renewing America’s Vision of Greatness. Grove/Atlantic, July 2002.

“They called her Mother Jones: A life spent dignifying work.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2, 2002.

“Happy Birthday, Mr. Franklin!” The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 17, 2002.

“Japan's Educational System Is Not Magic, But...” Education Week, Volume X, No. 10, November 1990.

“Schooling in Japan Offers Some Insights.” The New York Times, April 23, 1989.

“Two Significant Teachers.” College Board Review, Winter 1985.

“Literature Review of Independent Schools.” Teachers College Record. Vol. 85, Number 1, Fall, l983.

“Why Be a Teacher?” The New York Times, May 1, 1983.

Speeches on heroism and the study of American history to students and teachers in over 275 middle and high schools, private, public and parochial; as well as to state educational associations, professional development seminars for teachers, and lay audiences.

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