Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 7, November-December

Civil Conversations Using Primary Documents
* Does the objective declared in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution to "form a more perfect union" have relevance for us today, in the age of blue states and red states? Or does it simply reflect the concerns of the founders at the time of writing...
Documents and Civic Duties
When Benjamin Franklin emerged from the State House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the close of the Constitutional Convention in September 1787, he was reportedly asked what type of government had been created. According to lames McHenry, one of...
Documents Informing Students, Students Informing Officials: The Project Citizen Mayoral Youth Conference
Since 1996, Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Division of Social Sciences has participated in the We the People: Project Citizen Program, sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Every year since then, our program has grown tremendously. We have...
Editor's Notebook
In the field of history education, great strides have been made in using primary sources as a means of engaging students, thus enabling teachers to avoid the pitfalls of simply teaching to the text and the deadening effects of "drill and kill" pedagogy....
Five Star Leaders: Learning through Civic Engagement
Twenty years ago, I was already a veteran teacher, feeling rather satisfied with my career and academic attainment of a graduate degree in political science. During the summer of 1986, however, as a participant at a teacher institute, I realized that...
Making the Abstract Concrete
On August 19, 1981, President Ronald Reagan did something that had never been done before: He nominated a woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court. This "first," however, was accomplished through a procedure that had been completed thousands...
Teaching Civics with Primary Source Documents
Sometimes it is more than just embarrassing to lack civic awareness. Let's take the case of Jacob Koontz, a Revolutionary War veteran living in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, in 1816. On July 14 of that year, Koontz, apparently unaware that the president...
The Civic Mission of Schools
Social Education staff As social studies educators, we emphasize the civic mission of schools, and the need to provide our students with citizenship education of the highest quality. As NCSS members are well aware, the focus of recent educational...
The Constitutional Amendment Process
Although the process is not described in great detail, Article V of the United States Constitution allows for and provides instruction on amending the Constitution. While the amendment process currently consists of six steps, the Constitution is nevertheless...
The Evolution of a Bill: Teaching Legislative Process
Congressman Edward Rees of Kansas introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on February 8, 1954, to create a national holiday that would honor our nation's veterans. He said in a speech on the floor of the House that he did it so that...
Websites for Primary Sources and Civics Education
The World Wide Web has become an excellent source for facsimiles, images, and transcriptions of primary sources. As it would be impossible to provide a comprehensive list of all the sites, this annotated list highlights selective sites that provide...
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