Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 71, No. 2, March

Cool Websites and Other Technology Resources for Teaching about the United States Economy
Technology is having a profound impact on teaching and learning at the K-12 level and in higher education. Many observers have studied its impact on education in general. Only a few, however, have tried to determine how electronic resources can be...
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Editor's Notebook
To what extent have economic forces been the determinants of history? While this question has been the subject of a long and unresolved debate, the quality of the discussion is greatly enhanced when its participants have a solid grasp of economic precepts....
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Eyewitness Account of Dr. Robert King Stone, President Lincoln's Family Physician
On Apri1-14, 1865, at approximately 10:20 p.m., John Wilkes Booth, a prominent American actor, snuck up behind President Abraham Lincoln as he watched a play from the presidential box at Ford's Theater and shot him in the back of the head at point-blank...
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Ford: Not a Lincoln but a Hayes? A Lesson in History and Political Science
As history or social studies teachers, we are constantly striving to make the past come alive for our students and to help them see that, not only does the past relate to the present, but it can also give us insights into the future. The recent passing...
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History Matters: An Institutional Approach Examination of the U.S. Constitution
History matters. It matters not only because we can learn from the past, but because the present and the future are connected to the past by the continuity of a society's institutions. Today and tomorrow's choices are shaped by the past. And the past...
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Seeking Good Credit-And Keeping It
"Buy now and pay later." "Interest free." "No credit checks." These are words that we all see every day-on television, in newspapers, and in store windows. They reflect the fact that credit has become almost universally available. We are all able to...
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The Founding Entrepreneurs: America's Prosperity
The American economy has had the fastest and most dramatic development of all the world's major economies. Four hundred years ago, the economic output of the area that became the United States was negligible by world standards. Yet only 250 years later,...
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The U.S. Constitution: Rules of the Game
Description The students examine key economic clauses in the U.S. Constitution. They read about contemporary examples where the application of these constitutional provisions would have important consequences. Mystery Many nations have adopted...
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This Letter Was Mailed by NCSS to Every Member of Congress on January 17, 2007
On behalf of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and its more than 25,000 members, we would like to congratulate you on your election to the 110th Congress and thank you for your service. We look forward to working with you and your...
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What Caused the Great Depression?
Economists and historians have struggled for almost 80 years to account for the American Great Depression, which began in 1929 and lasted until the early years of World War II. The depth of this depression was unprecedented; in March, 1933, more than...
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Whatdunnit? the Great Depression Mystery
Description The students read a brief passage posing the basic question about the Great Depression: Why did it happen? A brief simulation activity shows how unemployment in one part of the economy can lead to unemployment in other parts of the economy....
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Why Did the Colonists Fight When They Were Safe, Prosperous, and Free?
Teaching U.S. history can be daunting. I remember wondering at the end of some high school class periods whether my history students had understood or even attended to a word I had said. I felt at times that I might as well have been telling them fairy...
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