He taught at the high school for the next five years. While doing so he earned learning to write benjamin franklin pdf M. 1978, followed by an M.
During this period he came to realize that he wanted to write for a living, and determined his love of history might provide an avenue for him to do so. While working on his doctorate, Brands taught social studies and math — courses including world history, American history, Algebra II and calculus — at Kirby Hall School and Austin Community College. His preferred method of transit was his bicycle as he commuted between classes at the University of Texas and his teaching responsibilities at the college preparatory school on the fringe of the UT campus and ACC’s Rio Grande site in Central Austin. He made the daily commute from his home in Austin to teach in College Station. In 2005, he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is currently the Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Professor of Government. At the University of Texas Brands holds the Jack S. Brands is an animated lecturer who presents history through stories.
Brands holds that whatever information students may learn in a classroom will slip away with time, but creating an interest in history can result in learning that will continue throughout a student’s life. It is more important to me that my students come out of my class believing ‘This story is interesting and I might want to know more about it’, than to fill them up with information. If I can remind them or convince them that history is interesting then I feel I have succeeded, because unlike chemistry or physics, history is a subject that anyone can teach themselves, if they are interested. Brands believes creating an interest in history is particularly important in school textbooks, for which he is an author and frequent contributor. I happen to think it is absolutely critical to write textbooks that engage the students. As an author, Brands views his writings as an extension of his classroom.
Initially he intended to write a history of the United States in six volumes, but he was unable to generate interest in a publisher for such a project. Instead of abandoning the project, he chose to come at the task from a different perspective, and set about writing the history of the United States through the perspective of biographies, a genre for which broad interest was well established. Brands’ biographical works are really “life and times” stories, with emphasis on the times. In researching an historical period he looks for a character by which he could tell the story of the time, creating through them a voice the readers can identify with.