Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 68, No. 6, October

Buttons to Bumper Stickers: Political Campaign Memorabilia: Campaign Memorabilia Can Help Students Connect Past with Present
DURING THE SEASON of political campaigns, scores of bumper stickers, posters, and other items with slogans supporting one candidate or another suddenly appear and quickly multiply around neighborhoods and towns, with stickers plastered on cars, and...
Editor's Notebook
AS THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION of November 2 draws closer, one of the most creative ways of interesting students in past and present elections is the examination of campaign memorabilia. Buttons, posters, bumper stickers, signs, clothes and accessories...
James Meredith at Ole Miss: "Victory over Discrimination"
ON OCTOBER 1, 1962, James Meredith attended his first classes at the University of Mississippi. This apparently ordinary event was. in fact, an extraordinary landmark in the civil rights struggle of the 1960s. Meredith was the first African American...
On the Other Side: Hidden Treasure, Abound on the Backsides of Historic Documents
IN THE SOON-TO-BE-RELEASED Walt Disney pictures feature film, National Treasure, an adventurer embarks hunt to find a treasure, whose hiding place is indicated by a map in invisible ink on the back of the Declaration Independence. In case you were...
Presidential Elections in Song, Verse, Commercials, and More
IN THE LAST ISSUE OF SOCIAL EDUCATION, we took a serious look at the role that "values" (in their many interpretations) are playing in the 2004 presidential election. In doing the research on that column, I came across several websites with content...
Supreme Court Roundup: The 2003-2004 Term Brought Significant Challenges to Federal Powers
There was much going on as the Court closed out its term in June. Among the more significant rulings was Tennessee v. Lane, No. 02-1667, in which the Court upheld Congress's authority to subject states to damage suits for violations of Title II of...
Teaching about Election 2004 through the International Media
WITH THE ABUNDANCE of excellent primary and secondary internet sources available, teaching about the 2004 elections in social studies classes at the secondary and middle school levels is a cinch. The September issue of SOCIAL EDUCATION contained articles...
The Verdict of the Keys: Thirteen Diagnostic Questions Can Identify the Line between Victory and Defeat
AMERICANS ARE KEENLY FOCUSED this year on the campaigns of George W. Bush and John Kerry as we approach what many analysts tout as one of the most critical elections of our time, with the country sharply divided ideologically and the presidency; perhaps...
Tinderbox: Economics, Immigration, and Education in a North Carolina Town
TRAVELING ACROSS TOWN from Interstate 85 to Franklin Boulevard in Gastonia, North Carolina, one is confronted with almost constant reminders of the love and sacrifice for country that exists here. Old Glory is a ubiquitous presence, and it seems almost...
Voting Technology and the Law: From Chads to Fads and Somewhere in Between
FROM THE TIME WE ARE BORN, we learn that there are rules and laws that govern our behavior. We learn that the crosswalk in front of the school is a safe place to walk and that cars are supposed to stop for children walking to school. As we begin to...