Allan Hux

Allan Hux

Allan Hux taught at two universities and five secondary schools over a 20-year period in Toronto, Ontario. He was the Program Coordinator for Social and World Studies and the Humanities, grades 1-12, at the Toronto District School Board for 15 years prior to his retirement on June 30, 2010. He co-authored eight history, law and politics textbooks, including two grade 10 Canadian History texts. Most recently, he wrote the national curriculum resources for the Historica-Dominion Institute’s John A. Day website based on the six Historical Thinking Concepts developed by Professor Peter Seixas. Currently, he is working with Professor Carla Peck and the University of Alberta Library on developing curriculum resources on Sir Sam Steele.

What is a Benchmark?

<p>John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising &amp; Marketing History,<br />Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections</p>

A surveyor cut a "benchmark" into a stone or a wall when measuring the altitude and/or level of a tract of land. A bracket called a "bench" was secured in the cut to mount the surveying equipment, and all subsequent measurements were made in reference to the position and height of that mark.

The term "benchmark" was first used around 1842 to refer to a standard of quality by which achievement may be measured.

The foundation documents available through the Benchmarks site attempt to help teachers establish standards for assessing student learning of the modes of thought that constitute historical thinking.

John W. Hartman Center for Sales, Advertising & Marketing History,
Duke University Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections