Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 65, No. 6, October

At Risk of Prejudice: Teaching Tolerance about Muslim Americans. (Teaching about Tragedy)(Cover Story)
IT WAS FALL 1979. The Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati was gathering for its annual meeting. The top item on the agenda was the Iranian hostage crisis and how to handle the anti-Iranian fervor that was growing in the United States. Particular attention...
At Risk of Prejudice: The Arab American Community. (Teaching about Tragedy)(Cover Story)
"IF THEY FIND OUT that the attackers were Arab, will they put us in internment camps like the Japanese in World War II?" An Arab American boy posed this question to his parents in the wake of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. His fears were...
Economists in the School
AMERICANS BELIEVE that economic literacy is an essential component of a good education. In the most recent Standards in Economics Survey of the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE), 96 percent of U.S. adults surveyed stated that basic economics...
Editor's Notebook
THE ATTACKS ON the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, were a defining moment in United States history. Brought almost instantly to offices and homes by the media, the images of that tragic day are now indelibly etched in American...
Hyperinflation and the Confederacy: An Interdisciplinary Lesson in Economics and History
Students can learn economic concepts in the context of historical events. For example, during the Civil War, the Confederacy printed tremendous volumes of paper money, which led to hyperinflation on an unprecedented scale. It was an economic disaster...
Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Travel Information for the 81st NCSS Annual Conference. (NCSS Annual Conference)
FORMING A MORE PERFECT UNION, the 81st NCSS Annual Conference, is still scheduled for November 16-18, 2001. Despite heightened security our Nation's Capital is open for business--monuments, museums and Federal buildings are all operating normally....
Solving Problems with Twenty Questions
HOW MANY TIMES have we teachers thrown up our arms in exasperation and wanted to inquire of a student or a group of students, "What were you thinking?" How many times a day do we advise our students to "make good choices" and then cringe when they...
Supreme Court Trends. (Looking at the Law)
THE SUPREME COURT closed out its 2000 term in June after issuing seventy-nine opinions and agreeing to take up more questions of interest to students and educators alike. Among the issues already slated for review after the 2001 term opens on October...
Teaching Economics and the Globalization Debate on the World Wide Web. (Surfing the Web)
AT A TIME when economics, business, the national budget, and international trade dominate the headlines, economic knowledge and understanding is crucial. The ability to analyze and understand such issues as the privatization of Social Security or the...
The Trauma of Terrorism: Helping Children Cope. (Teaching about Tragedy)(Cover Story)
SEPTEMBER 11, 2001, began for many as an ordinary Tuesday morning throughout the United States. In some parts of the country, students were in school, some adults were at work or engaged in their daily routines, and others were still in peaceful slumber,...
Twenty Questions and the Issue of Sir Thomas More. (Sixth Grade)
Teacher: We've been talking about England under Henry VIII, and today we're going to investigate one of the most celebrated men of the day, Sir Thomas More. More was an author who wrote about the ideal society (Utopia); an attorney; and even the Lord...
Using Problem Solving Skills in a Fifth-Grade Classroom
LIKE MOST OF OUR classmates, we were surprised to learn that we would be expected to teach thinking skills in social studies. Before our methods course, we equated social studies with maps, states, capitals, and presidents. We were astonished to discover...
We Are Living History: Reflections of a New York City Social Studies Teacher. (Teaching about Tragedy)(Cover Story)
Prelude Fall is the most beautiful season of fill in New York City. Spring gives merely a fleeting taste of mild weather before the city bakes in too much heat; rare is the New Yorker who endures the long winter without complaint. Having lived in...
Youth Action Guide 2001: $1,000 Awards for the Best Youth Solutions!
In this guide ... * Take on the issues of youth violence & education. * Create solutions that will improve your community and school. $1,000 Youth in Action Awards are offered for the top youth-initiated projects nationwide. Awards are offered...