Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 4, May-June

1863 Letter from Ralph Waldo Emerson about Walt Whitman
Biographers have called Walt Whitman "America's most influential and innovative poet" and some have even called him "the greatest of all American poets." But in the winter of 1862-63, even as he was gaining a reputation as a talented poet, Whitman...
Abolitionists among the Founding Generation
In recent years, framers of the American republic, especially George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, have taken a public opinion thrashing for allowing the institution of slavery to persist during and after the American Revolution. Their defenders...
Carter G. Woodson: Book Awards
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES is pleased to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards. This award, established in 1973 by an NCSS committee on racism and social justice, has honored children's books that depict...
Editor's Notebook
It is one of our traditions that the May-June issue of SOCIAL EDUCATION, the last of the school year, has a literary and cultural focus. In its center is our annual pull-out presenting the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, selected...
Elementary Students in Substantive Culture Learning
In today's culturally diverse and interconnected world, elementary teachers have a primary responsibility for opening students' eyes to the world and its peoples. Without understanding diverse cultures locally and globally, young people cannot make...
Examining Media Coverage: A Classroom Study of Iraq War News
Throughout the 2003 school year, my ninth grade global history students followed the media's coverage of the escalating crisis between the United States and Iraq. In early March of that year, as the media's coverage intensified, students brought a...
Germany's Opposition to the Iraq War and Its Effect on U.S.-German Relations
In a famous comment in January 2003, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld referred to a difference between Old Europe and New Europe. By "Old Europe," he meant mainly the traditional European leaders, France and Germany, which adopted a stance critical...
Jefferson and the Haitian Revolution
All of the American newspapers covered events in Saint Domingue, in a great deal of detail. All Americans understood what was happening there. It wasn't that the revolution in Saint Domingue taught mainland slaves to be rebellious or to resist their...
Literature That Promotes Justice for All: Justice Is Indiscriminately Due to All, without Regard to Numbers, Wealth, or Rank
WITH GREAT INTEREST, I read the afterward of the re-released biography Farewell to Manzanar, just months after September 11, 2001. The authors comment that these attacks, seen by some as the Pearl Harbor of the twenty-first century, give Farewell to...
National Council for the Social Studies Curriculum Guidelines: (Revised)
SOCIAL STUDIES IS THE INTEGRATED STUDY OF the social sciences and humanities to promote civic competence. Within the school program, social studies provides coordinated, systematic study drawing upon such disciplines as anthropology, archaeology, economics,...
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2004
ABOUT THE LIST AND CRITERIA FOR SELECTION The books that appear in this annotated book list were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the...
Promoting Fair and Equitable Assessments: A Position Statement of National Council for the Social Studies
NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR THE SOCIAL STUDIES believes that fair and equitable assessment of all students must be an integral part of any social studies program. NCSS endorses assessments that require higher order thinking, writing, and connecting social...
Putting Beliefs on Trial: Laws of Cultural Orthodoxy and Dissent
Images of heretics burning at the stake or of traitors being drawn, hanged, and quartered for disloyalty to the king seem well removed from twenty-first century America. Yet the laws that defined these offenses--which included heresy and blasphemy,...
Runaway Slave Advertisements: Teaching from Primary Documents
RAN AWAY ON THE 30TH OF SEPTEMBER LAST, FROM THE SUBSCRIBER, LIVING IN HANOVER COUNTY, TWO NEGROES, VIZ., A NEGRO MAN, NAM'D ROGER, BORN AT ANGOLA, A PRETTY TALL, WELL SET FELLOW, ABOUT 30 YEARS OLD: HE HAD ON, WHEN HE WENT AWAY, A NEW OZNABRIG SHIRT,...
Shirin Ebadi: A Muslim Woman Nobel Peace Laureate
The Nobel Peace Prize is recognized as one of the most prestigious global awards. Although the prize is worth $1.32 million, its symbolic value and moral significance is priceless. Each year the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which is appointed by Norway's...
Teaching about Immigration, Past and Present
WHENEVER I RETURN to this country after traveling overseas, I am so grateful that I want to kiss the ground. I can understand why people try so hard to immigrate to the United States: the opportunities are often much greater than they are in other...
The 47th NCSS House of Delegates: Resolutions Passed: These Resolutions, Presented by Delegates from NCSS Affiliates, Were Passed at the Annual House of Delegates Assembly, November 14-16, 2003 in Chicago, Illinois
Resolution 03-01: Social Studies in No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Supported by California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and ATSS/UFT Rationale:...