Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 67, No. 2, March

Activity-Based Economics. (Raising Interest in Economics)
Economics is arguably the most relevant course a student will take in high school. Whenever we turn on the television, or read the paper or a news magazine, we encounter economics. Every time we enter the voting booth, we encounter economics. In fact,...
Advanced Placement Economics. (Raising Interest in Economics)
Some college professors of economics believe that freshmen lack the maturity or ability to learn economics at the introductory college level. They even suggest that college students should not take economics before their sophomore year. However, the...
A Response to David Warren Saxe. (Point of View)
Beware the leader who bongs the drums of war in order to whip the citizenry into a patriotic fervor, For patriotism is indeed a double-edged sword. It both emboldens the blood and narrows the mind. And when the drums of war hove reached a fever pitch...
Best Practice Economic Education for Young Children? It's Elementary! Kickball or Four-Square at Recess? Pack Lunch or Buy It? Spend Aunt Edna's $10 Birthday Check or Save It for a Larger Gift in the Future? Do Math Homework or Play Soccer after School? (Raising It in Economics)
If you've spent any time with seven-or eight-year-olds, then you know that these are the type of decisions that young children make every day. While all of these questions might not seem, at first glance, to be economic decisions, they are. In fact,...
Editor's Notebook
ECONOMICS has suffered for too long the reputation of being a "dismal science? However, contributors to this issue of Social Education show the opposite: that economic educators have made great strides in developing imaginative and interesting activities...
Is Economics Your Worst Nightmare? (Raising Interest Economics)
Is the thought of teaching economics your worst nightmare? If it is, you are not alone. Many smart, capable teachers feel the same way. Even those who enjoy teaching government, history, and geography may find the prospect of teaching economics unwelcome....
Patriotism versus Multiculturalism in Times of War. (Point of View)
America is at war ... again. According to data supplied by the Naval Historical, Center, from 1798 to 1993, America's forces have been used in 234 situations of conflict or potential conflict in the service of American interests. These 234 actions...
The Importance of Financial and Economic Education and Literacy. (Raising Interest in Economics)
Education is a critical issue for our country, and economic education is of particular concern to those of us at the Federal Reserve. Throughout our economic history, we have seen significant adjustments to enable markets to respond to the demand for...
The Purchase of the Louisiana Territory. (Teaching with Documents)
THE LOUISIANA PURCHASE TREATY transferred ownership of nearly 828,000 square miles of land from France to the United States for $15 million-not quite four cents per acre. Even in 1803, this transaction, which nearly doubled the size of the United States,...
Why Don't People Save When They Know They Should? (Raising Interest in Economics)
A growing body of evidence suggests that young people have a low level of financial understanding and that they are making poor financial choices. It is a development reflected in part in savings rates. Personal saving is calculated as disposable income...