Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 2, March

A Bill to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities of Women. (Teaching with Documents)
IN FEBRUARY 1878, by a vote of 169 to 87 in the House of Representatives, and twelve months later, by a vote of 39 to 20 in the Senate, Congress approved "A Bill to Relieve Certain Legal Disabilities of Women." On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford...
Bioterror. (in Focus)
bio From a Greek root for "life" terror From a Greek root for "fearing" and "fleeing" ACTS OF BIOTERROR have permeated America's post-September 11 consciousness. People no longer rip into their mail: They assess the stack, open envelopes gingerly,...
Editor's Notebook
As I write this Editor's Notebook, a report comes through that a major Washington, D.C. post office has been closed because an employee has found a powdery substance on the premises. Later in the day, after the FBI and hazardous materials crews arrive...
Eli Landers: Letters of a Confederate Soldier
ELIZABETH WHITLEY ROBERSON'S Weep Not for Me, Dear Mother (1) chronicles the life of Eli Landers through the first two years of the American Civil War. Using primary documents--letters from a young Confederate soldier to his mother and sister--students...
Globalization: The Inside Story of Our New Interconnected World
The 1990s brought forth an unprecedented level of global integration. Today, the pressures of globalization are driving an across-the-board review of the rules of the game guiding the global economy. The debate surrounding this process has been broad...
In the Wake of September 11: Civil Liberties and Terrorism. (Looking at the Law)
At the heart of our constitutional order is a bold aspiration-that we can bind ourselves with deliberately considered, written commands so that we are guided in our approach to public problems by what Alexander Hamilton called "reflection and choice"...
Military Tribunals and the War against Terrorism: An Interview with Frank Moran. (Looking at the Law)
The nation has heard much in the news lately about military tribunals. President George W. Bush has authorized military tribunals to try non-U.S. citizens for acts of terrorism against the United States. Most people don't know what a military tribunal...
Preserving Civil War Diaries
THE STUDENTS INTERPRETING AND PRESERVING SOLDIERS' STORIES program, which I began more than ten years ago, helps students learn about the American Civil War and engage in history firsthand. Since 1990, more than twenty students in grades 9-12 in South...
The after Effects of September 11: What the Polls Tell Us
ONE PHRASE often heard since September 11 is that "the United States has been transformed." Some significant changes have indeed taken place in the attitudes of Americans to the threat of terrorism and challenges related to it, but opinion polls show...
Unmotivated Students ... or Unmotivating Teachers?
ONE OF THE FIRST THINGS that a teacher told me about the students who lived on the Onondaga Nation Reservation, in Nedrow, New York, was that "they are lazy and unmotivated." What exactly did this mean? As I pondered the statement, I realized that...