A recent Atlantic article concludes this way: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2014/01/you-have-to-know-history-to-actually-teach-it/282957/ I have a couple of questions about this: 1) Is it still true? Back in the day, many of my history teachers were, in fact, ex-college athletes who got education degrees and then taught history. And, coached after school. I always wondered why. 2) Is history in other countries taught by people with a love of, and, academic background in, history? Back in the day, in the U.S., you were much more likely to have an English teacher who loved literature, or, a math teacher who loved math and was an actual math major in college. For some reason, history always seemed to be an afterthought. Although, in fairness, I recall at least one of those athlete-coach-history-teachers actually was quite interested in history and current events.