Since one can argue that specific historical data is not needed in the everyday workplace, I bypass the argument entirely by focusing on writing. I emphasize to students that the knowledge they gain in American history courses is not simply factual, but broad in basis to help them understand human nature. I assign writing to analyze this in each of our units. I further emphasize the importance of written communication beyond school by reminding students that we are a communication-oriented society. Email and faxes need to be written clearly and concisely. I incorporate various aspects of technology in many assignments. Students report research by using a Power Point presentation or by building a Web page. Through this, they learn the information and a valuable technological skill in the workplace.