The James Madison University Center for History and New Media has a great site called "Historical Thinking Matters." The site includes an interesting video about why historical thinking matters. The video opens in a separate window and uses flash player. It debunks the notion that history is a bunch of facts and names. The site also includes inquiry assignments dealing with several topics in American history like the Scopes trial, the Spanish American war, social security and Rosa Parks.
The video is interesting in itself for those of us teaching world history.