Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 73, No. 2, March

Advanced Placement Economics Improves Both Merit and Equity
In 1989, the microeconomics and macroeconomics examinations debuted on the Advanced Placement scene. At that time, many professors of economics were skeptical that college freshmen had the skills and maturity to understand the concepts in principles...
Are High School Economics Teachers the Same as Other Social Studies Teachers? the Results of a National Survey
Economics in the Curriculum and Economics Teachers Economics has assumed an important role in the social studies curriculum. In a 2007 survey, the National Council on Economic Education (NCEE) reported the following: (1) * Economics is included,...
Do Businesses Have a Social Responsibility? the Students Debate Whether a Business Best Serves Society's Interests by Maximizing Profits or by Pursuing Policies It Believes Promote Social Justice, the Environment and Other Causes
Overview Economics Many workers are employees of companies. These workers agree to do what the companies' owners tell them to do. In return, the companies pay the employees a wage or salary. This relationship, or contract, is an example of a...
Editor's Notebook
At a time of financial crisis and nationwide recession, the need to formulate effective economic policies is once again at the forefront of public debate. This issue's special section on economic education, edited by Mark C. Schug and William C. Wood,...
How Do Tax Laws Reflect American Values?
The American tax system is complicated and often confusing. Federal, state, and local governments all hold powers of taxation fundamental to their operation, producing sources of revenue for government services. There are many different types of taxes:...
Is Free Trade out of Date?
During the recent presidential campaign, some prominent politicians called for a "time out" in negotiating new agreements to expand international trade, and others wanted to reduce it by canceling existing trade agreements. The stated concern is that...
Keynesian, Monetarist and Supply-Side Policies: An Old Debate Gets New Life
Debates over how to promote a healthy economy are pervasive once more, after decades when it seemed such debates had been put to rest. The market meltdown of 2008 ended a long string of years in which monetary policy reigned supreme. Monetary policy...
Teaching Ethics to High School Students: Virtue Meets Economics
When highly visible lapses in ethics occur, education gets some of the blame. Principals in the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis and the Enron scandal had been educated at Harvard and other elite business schools, where professional and moral ideals had...
Teaching Students Financial Literacy Using the Internet
This issue annually focuses on economics and economics education--what an important and interesting time for this topic. Here we are, in the midst of the biggest and scariest economic crisis since the Great Depression. I'm older than most of the readers...
The Crash of 2008: Causes and Lessons to Be Learned
The headlines of 2008 were dominated by falling housing prices, rising default and foreclosure rates, failure of large investment banks, and huge bailouts arranged by both the Federal Reserve and the U.S. Treasury. The wealth of many Americans has...
Trend Alert: A History Teacher's Guide to Using Podcasts in the Classroom
Often as educators we feel like we are in the fashion industry as we try and keep pace with latest "it" in technology--before we are even accustomed to the PowerPoint line, the seasons change and we are expected to be decked out in moviemaking. Now,...