Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 7, November-December

Blurring the Lines between Content and Pedagogy
ONE RARELY ENGAGES IN a conversation about education without the terms "content" and "pedagogy" finding their way into it. Indeed, the two are inherent to almost everything we do in education. While we know what content and pedagogy mean, questions...
Editor's Notebook
AS WE LOOK AHEAD to the oaths of office that will be taken next January, one striking fact that will impress students of history is that the very first act signed into law by George Washington was one regulating the oaths to be taken by the president,...
Experiencing World History through the Eyes of Ordinary Women
DURING AN IMPROMPTU conversation with freshmen in my world history class, one of my students, Craig, spoke up and said, "History is one of the classes that is the most interesting ... but I don't see it as one of the most important." I was initially...
From Crisis to Civic Engagement: The Struggle over Social Studies Standard in Minnesota
BEFORE MINNESOTA BECAME a hotly contested battleground state in this year's presidential election, our state recently concluded a highly controversial public debate regarding the creation of new social studies standards. This battle over required social...
Home Grown: Models of Excellence in Teacher-Designed Social Studies Websites
I'VE BEEN WRITING THESE COLUMNS for several years now and I hope they have helped classroom teachers, department heads, college-level methods instructors, and students utilize the immense resources of the internet in their work. I've noted a large...
Islamist Movements in Iraq
WHEN THE UNITED STATES invaded Iraq in March 2003, one of its stated intentions was to inaugurate an era of Iraqi politics in which new kinds of democratic parties would emerge. However, one of the most dramatic effects of the U.S. invasion has been...
Q&A: Crisis in Darfur
What is happening in Darfur? In early 2003, an armed conflict started between an alliance of the Sudanese government forces and ethnic Arab militia and two non-Arab African rebel groups called the Sudanese Liberation Army/ Movement (SLA/SLM) and...
Sudan Genocide Declaration Stirs the World
One week after Secretary of State Colin Powell declared that the killings, rapes and other atrocities committed in Darfur amount to "genocide," in mid-September the United Nations' World Health Organization issued new figures saying 6,000 to 10,000...
The Cherokee Response to Removal
Grade level 7-12 Handouts for this lesson * "A Witness Remembers the Removal," by Wahnenauhi (Cherokee), 1889 * 1829 poem, "The Cherokees' Reply" Lesson overview and objectives Students learn about the Trail of Tears and Cherokee history...
The Darfur Atrocities Documentation Project
I was deeply honored when, a few months ago, officials from the Coalition for International Justice (CIJ) asked me to join the U.S. State Department's Darfur Atrocities Documentation Team. The team was being sent to Chad to conduct interviews with...
The First Act of Congress: Administering Oaths for a New Kind of Government
In the spring of 1789, the first Congress faced a daunting task. Although the newly adopted Constitution provided a blueprint for the new government, Congress needed to enact legislation that would ensure a smooth transition from the Articles of Confederation...
The International Criminal Court
The International Criminal Court (ICC) was established in 2002 as a permanent international tribunal to try cases against people who commit serious violations of international law, including war crimes, genocide, and crimes against humanity. The creation...
Torture and the War on Terror
IN AN ARTICLE TITLED "On the Moral Implications of Torture and Exemplary Assassination," intelligence and research specialist Paul Blackstock shares a story from the Algerian War, where both the French and the Algerians were often accused of torture....