By DASCHELL M. PHILLIPS
Paul Horton, a history teacher at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, was one of six recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award for service to the field of education this year.
Each year, Education News and the Haberman Educational Foundation give the award to recognize leaders in education who exemplify Upton Sinclairs’s integrity and contribute the best of the best in their fields.
The award’s selection committee said that it chose Horton because he has “assumed a good deal of advocacy and leadership regarding educational concerns.”
Horton, who teaches 10-12th grades at Lab, 1362 E. 59th St., has written 30 articles about national education issues in 2013 including “The Gettysburg Address and the Common Core,” “PTSD and the Chicago School Wars” and “Schools Worth Cloning in the Public Sector.” His many commentaries on educational issues have appeared in The Washington Post, The Chicago Sun-Times, Education Week, Education News, Diane Ravitch’s Blog and the Daily Kos.
Horton has been a teacher for about 31 years and 14 of his students have won state History Day competitions in Iowa, Georgia and Illinois, advancing to the National History Day competition in College Park, Md. Recently, one of his students placed fifth nationally in the research paper category. Six of his students have been published in the prestigious Concord Review, including one who won a coveted Emerson award.
Horton, who is the state liaison for the Illinois Council for History Education, has received six National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships, three Gilder Lehrman Fellowships, a William Robertson Coe Fellowship and a State of Iowa University System Regents Faculty Research Fellowship for his years of work in the education and history fields.
Past recipients of the Upton Sinclair Award for service to the field of education have included E.D. Hirsch, Jay Mathews, Diane Ravitch, Tavis Smiley, Susan Ohanian and Queen Rania of Jordan.