Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 64, No. 7, November

Bioethics Cases and Issues: Enrichment for Social Science, Humanities, and Science Courses
CASE STUDIES IN BIOETHICS can enrich high school classes across the curriculum. A story like the one presented here about Baby K cannot help but fire the imaginations of students. Whose right is it to make decisions for a helpless infant? What does...
Colonizing Our Future: The Commercial Transformation of America's Schools
AMERICA'S SCHOOLS are indeed haunted. The uneasy spirit of John Dewey, as Bill Doll suggests in "Ghosts and the Curriculum,"(1) wanders the corridors of public education watching and waiting for his ideas to, at long last, be made flesh in the daily...
Editor's Notebook
THIS ISSUE of Social Education investigates some of the major controversial issues of our time: endangered species, bioethics, the right to privacy, the academic freedom of teachers, commercialism in schools and the view held by Americans of the outside...
Environmental Politics and the Endangered Species Act
ON JULY 3, 1999, a photo of President Clinton and a bald eagle named "Challenger" appeared on the front page of The Washington Post The accompanying article explained that our national emblem was being reclassified from an "endangered" to a merely...
Letters
Presidential Debates As an educator, a subscriber, a Green Party member, and a politically active person, I was offended by the article in your September 2000 issue, "Presidential Debates: Not a Spectator Sport." It seemed that critical thinking...
Looking at the Law
NEW information technologies enable organizations of all kinds to know about us. Consumer buying habits, medical histories, and financial and credit standing are all part of various information databases maintained by the government and private businesses....
Other-Wise: The Case for Understanding Foreign Cultures in a Unipolar World
TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO, I hit upon an exercise I have used around the world ever since, but mostly with high school and college students in the United States. I have come to call this exercise "The Forced Migration Game," and this is how it works. ...
Protecting Academic Freedom in the 21st Century
ACADEMIC FREEDOM for teachers in the public schools may be defined as the freedom of teachers to have primary control over the delivery of instruction, short of employing practices that jeopardize student physical or emotional safety. By this definition,...
Teaching Social Issues Using the Internet
ONE OF THE MOST prominent items on the NCSS home page (www.socialstudies.org) is the slogan "Creating Effective Citizens." Below it appears the statement, "Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic...
Truman's Firing of General Douglas Macarthur during the Korean War
ALTHOUGH IT HAS RECEIVED so little public attention that it is referred to as the "forgotten" war, the Korean conflict had a profound and lasting effect on America's domestic and foreign affairs. While the National Archives holds thousands of documents...