Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 69, No. 2, March

Credit: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy?
This lesson plan originally appeared in learning, earning and investing, a 2004 publication of the National Council on Economic Education. IN THIS LESSON, students do an exercise that shows how credit can be their worst enemy. They learn how quickly...
Editor's Notebook
THERE HAS BEEN a transformation of the American financial system over the past generation, which has made it imperative for young people to have new kinds of knowledge and analytical skills that enable them to make the right financial decisions. This...
Enemy Combatants and the Courts
For most of human history, prisoners of war, including women, children, and elders, were killed, tortured, enslaved, or held for ransom. The prisoners' helplessness allowed the captors to indulge the darkest human fantasies. Cuneiform tablets from...
Teachers Can Be Millionaires, Too: Two Economic Educators Outline Strategies for Wealth Building
TEACHERS OFTEN REGARD themselves as unlikely candidates for financial success, chiefly because they earn low starting salaries. But people of modest means can build wealth over time if they adhere to certain simple strategies. Our goal here is to explain...
Teaching about Saving and Investing in the Elementary and Middle School Grades
FOR SEVERAL YEARS advocacy groups have recognized the need to strengthen financial education in the K-12 schools. Current statistics support their concerns. Financial illiteracy in the United States is astoundingly high. From 1992 to 2000, disposable...
Teaching Consumer Literacy with the Internet
ARE YOU READY to hear about another "gap" between U.S. education and education in other nations? While surfing the internet for the sites mentioned in this column, I found out that nations such as Finland, Thailand, Australia, Wales, and Northern Ireland...
Teaching Social Studies on a Shoestring Budget
TEACHING SOCIAL STUDIES IS MY PASSION. My enthusiasm began in 1996 when I took a summer workshop sponsored by the National Geographic Society and the Louisiana Geography Education Alliance. There I learned how to teach standards-based, hands-on lessons...
The Importance of Financial Education Today
Trends in Consumer Finances Today's financial world is highly complex as compared with that of a generation ago. Twenty-five years ago, knowing how to maintain a checking and savings account at a local financial institution was sufficient for many...
The Interdependence of Economic and Personal Finance Education
IN AN INCREASINGLY COMPLEX financial world, personal finance education is more important today than ever. Nevertheless, the number of states incorporating personal finance concepts into their academic standards is not rising significantly, and students...
The Stock Market Crashes of 1929 and 1987: Linking History and Personal Finance Education
IT IS GREAT TO BE A TEACHER of personal finance economics, in part because the content is clearly relevant to students. Students don't require a lot of convincing to buy into the idea that they should learn to make good decisions directly related to...
What Are Mutual Funds?
This lesson plan originally appeared in Learning, Earning and Investing, a 2004 publication of the National Council on Economic Education. IN THIS LESSON, students form class investment clubs that work much in the way mutual funds do. They invest...
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