Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 1, January-February

Across the Color Line: Diversity, Public Education, and the Supreme Court
I sit with Shakespeare and he winces not. Across the color line I move arm in arm with Balzac and Dumas, where smiling men and welcoming women glide in gilded halls.... I summon Aristotle and Aurelius and what soul I will, and they come all graciously...
Addressing Student Trauma in the Wake of the California Wildfires
Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton declared natural disasters somewhere in the United States on average of about one per week between 1998 and 2005. (1) Despite this frequency, most citizens are unprepared when a natural disaster occurs in...
Connect-the-Dots: Making Meaning from Historical Evidence
It is often lamented that exciting historical scholarship rarely trickles into the secondary classroom. I define my job as an eighth grade history teacher as being a bridge between historical scholars and my students. For example, I believe that part...
Crossing Borders, Building Bridges *
Welcome to the 87th conference of the National Council for the Social Studies. Buenos Dias! I want to begin by recognizing some members of the audience who are very special to me: my husband Don, who has been my steadfast and supportive partner for...
Editor's Notebook
In this issue, Allan Lichtman launches Social Education's coverage of the 2008 presidential elections by forecasting which party is likely to win the popular vote in November, based on his "Keys to the White House" formula. Social Education has published...
High Quality Civic Education: What Is It and Who Gets It?
"Research and Practice," established early in 2001, features educational research that is directly relevant to the work of classroom teachers. In this, the 20th article in the series, I invited Joseph Kahne and Ellen Middaugh to report on the current...
How Schools Can Help: California Teachers Recall the Wildfires
"It Was Scary" Dana Riggs Bancroft Elementary School La Mesa-Spring Valley School District I teach a fourth and fifth grade combination in a low-income area south of San Diego. About half my children were evacuated during the California...
Lessons from History: Defining Moments in the American Presidency and Foreign Policy
For much of American history, political leaders have stood by a principle that "politics stops at the water's edge." While political disagreements about domestic policies are seen as inevitable and even healthy, there has been a tradition of trying...
On the Trail of an Epidemic
Background: New Orleans had the highest death rate of any U.S. city during much of the antebellum period. The city was densely populated and had open gullies serving as sewers. It was notorious for its general filth. Ships brought diseases from...
"Summer Schedule" and "The Fishin' Season": Cartoons by Clifford Berryman Christine
For 53 years, Clifford K. Berryman was a political cartoonist for The Washington Post and The Washington Evening Star. He drew thousands of cartoons commenting on the congressional and presidential candidates, campaigns, issues, and elections of the...
Teaching Historical Analysis and Thinking Using the Internet
In 1962, I began my first year of teaching history and social studies in the Chicago suburban area. I had five classes of world history. When I walked into my classroom, there were several stacks of textbooks. The primary text was Across the Ages,...
The Keys to the White House: Prediction for 2008
Political Change in America The winds of political change are blowing through America in 2008 and will sweep the party in power from the White House next November. That is the verdict of the Keys to the White House, a prediction system that I developed...
Weathering Natural Disasters with a Net of Safety
Faster and more efficient coverage on television and the Internet is increasingly exposing children to traumatic images of natural devastation both at home and abroad. Natural disasters, such as the wildfires in California or the trauma caused by Hurricane...
World War I Posters: Thinking Critically about History and the Media
When I first used a work of art as an item for study by middle school students, I assumed that everyone could observe a picture and start "reading" its message. But I have learned that I have to consider each student's skill level before asking him...
Yellow Fever in Philadelphia, 1793
Jim Murphy, An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 (Clarion Books, 2003, 165 pages) Jim Murphy's experience as an author of nonfiction books for young readers serves him well in his recent history...