Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 2, March

A Presidential Election Simulation: Creating a School-Wide Interdisciplinary Program
In 1980, several colleagues and I at New Hampshire's Littleton High School crafted a plan to raise political awareness among our students and to get them to become more involved in the presidential election. For several months after school, we met...
Climate Change Draws World Attention: The Nobel Peace Prize Goes to Gore and IPCC
"The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2007 is to be shared, in two equal parts, between the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Albert Arnold (Al) Gore Jr. for their efforts to build up and disseminate...
Cross-State Variation in Economics Content Standards in the Primary Grades
The Goals 2000 Educate America Act of 1994 included economics among the nine core subject areas that were targeted for the development of content standards. A new set of voluntary national content standards in economics, published in 1997, helped to...
Editor's Notebook
The contributors to this issue of Social Education investigate past milestones and current controversies that make excellent subjects for social studies classes. The creative teaching suggestions that accompany many of the articles bring even the more...
Letter from a Young Boy Following the Panay Incident
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] On December 22, 1937, a Japanese boy from the Shin Kozen Primary School delivered a letter and a [yen] 2.00 donation to the American consulate in Nagasaki, Japan. His letter, originally written in Japanese, was translated...
Sliding U.S. Dollar Packs a Wallop to Wallets Worldwide
This article, class activity, and student worksheet are provided by PBS NewsHour Extra, which offers features, lesson plans and teacher resources on a wide variety of contemporary topics at www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/ The dollar, once one...
The Causes of Poverty: Thinking Critically about a Key Economic Issue
From the first day of my economics course, I work hard to explain to students what they are not going to learn about in my class. There will not be a stock-market competition; we will not learn how to read a balance sheet; and we will not start our...
What I Learned at the NCSS Annual Meeting-2007 Edition
A few months ago, I wrote a column titled "What I learned at the NCSS Annual Meeting." It was based on the Internet-oriented materials and resources featured at the 2006 NCSS convention in Washington, D.C. I received many e-mails from readers telling...
Why They Just Can't Print More: Money Supply and Prices
Students regularly ask me, "Why can't the government just print more money?" Typically they are seeking a simple solution to a complex problem like the national debt, or they just want the government to make us all rich the easy way, by handing us...
You Should Have the Body: Understanding Habeas Corpus
English legal commentator William Blackstone described the writ of habeas corpus as a second Magna Carta, and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall called it the "great writ." It has been part of the Anglo-American common law tradition since the...