Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 1, January-February

Becoming Global Citizens: Disadvantaged Students Reach out to Kids in Hurricane-Ravaged Island
JAMES DELISLE STATES "social studies is only 'social' when we get involved with other people." He further explains, "States and regions mean very little unless we learn about the individuals who inhabit them, and nothing feels better than thanking...
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Benjamin Franklin's Evolving Views on Race and Ethnicity
How DO STUDENTS react when they read this passage (see page 10)? [The immigrants] who come [to America] are generally of the most ignorant stupid sort of their own nation, ... Their own clergy have very little influence over the people...
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Chronology of the Iraq War: 2004
Social Education Staff The November-December 2002 issue of SOCIAL EDUCATION included a timeline of the history of Iraq (pp. 422-23). In our January/February 2004 issue, we published a chronology of events affecting Iraq in 2003, the year of the...
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Democracy and Diversity: Social Studies in Action
WHEN I THINK OF MY MANY YEARS in K-12 schools and higher education and I reflect on my success, I am reminded of a phrase attributed to Bernard of Chartres, "We are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things...
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Editor's Notebook
This issue of SOCIAL EDUCATION, our first of the new year, offers a rich variety of articles and teaching ideas from different social studies disciplines. The contributors deal with topics ranging from draft riots in the Civil War to the preservation...
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Education and Diversity
WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT EDUCATION AND DIVERSITY, AND HOW DO WE KNOW IT? This two-part question guided the work of the Multicultural Education Consensus Panel, which included the eight scholars named above. The panel's work was sponsored by the Center...
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How Do Teachers' Political Views Influence Teaching about Controversial Issues?
MANY TEACHERS advocate teaching students to deliberate on controversial political issues as a powerful way of preparing them for political participation. Support for this approach recently came from a Civic Mission of the Schools report, which endorsed...
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"In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times": The New York City Draft Riots of 1863
"From one point of view, this is doubtless the darkest fourth of July which has dawned on us since the commencement of our National existence. From another, we sincerely believe that it is the brightest ..." Horace Greeley, NEW YORK TRIBUNE,...
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"Maybe You Could Help?" Letters to Eleanor Roosevelt, 1934-1942
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT could be called a Superstar First Lady. In the era when women's suffrage was first being exercised, she was "pushing the envelope" of what the President's wife, and women in general, might be expected to do in civic life. She wrote...
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Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai: Connecting Trees, Civic Education, and Peace
IN 2004, the Norwegian Nobel Committee departed from its time-honored tradition of awarding its prestigious peace prize to an individual dedicated to ending armed conflict. Instead, the Nobel Committee re-interpreted the 1895 will of Swedish philanthropist...
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The Game of History: A Creative Review Activity
PICTURE THIS. It's the last full day of classes before exams. In most rooms the students are nose-deep in notes and books, studying and cramming for the final. But in my class the students are ... playing board games! If you were to step into the room...
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Understanding Energy Concerns
Grades: 11-12 Overview In this lesson, students explore the rising cost of gasoline and how it impacts people around the world differently. They learn about gasoline usage and alternate forms of energy used in several countries, and then consider...
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Will the Senate Confirm "Karl B. Fennin"? A Classroom Simulation
STUDENTS CAN LEARN GREAT LESSONS when placed in decision-making roles. Simulating a Senate confirmation hearing can give students a glimpse of how government works and a chance to evaluate historical figures and issues. Any simulation, however, is...
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With Gas Prices Already High, Europe Is Less Rattled by Jump
Mark Landler FRANKFURT, May 31--Alexandra Krauter paid little attention as the digits on the gasoline pump flashed upward. Ms. Krauter, a 29-year-old woman who works in a Frankfurt restaurant, was not even sure how much she was paying (1.15 euros...
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Women of the World, Re-Write! Women in American World History High School Textbooks from the 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s
This article is the world history counterpart to a previous paper on American history textbooks, "How Much of the Sky? Women in American History High School Textbooks from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s," SOCIAL EDUCATION, January/February 2004. WHEN...
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Your Move! Create a Board Game and Review History: A One-Week Classroom Activity by Christine Bell
Day 1: Invent 1. Invent a board game (a game that fits into a box or a bag) with your team members. Base the game on anything you like: a favorite movie, television show, computer game, sport, or another board game. The game should fit on a tabletop...
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Youth Voting in the 2004 Election: The Staff of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (1)
IN EARLY NOVEMBER OF 2004, the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) released statistics on voting by young Americans revealing that more than half of the eligible under-30 population had voted. Turnout had reached...
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