Quit Telling Kids A.D. means “After Death”: A History Teacher’s Plea

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I teach ancient world history to 6th graders. Every year we start with explaining the B.C./A.D. (or BCE/CE, which is catching on more) time split. Many kids know that BC stands for “Before Christ,” but it is the AD part that always gets them.

The most common answer is “After Death,” as in after Christ’s death. While that would be the obvious…