Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 6, October

A Comparative View of Diversity in the United States and Canada
As immigration continues to rise, Canada and the United States are faced with the challenge of maintaining national cohesion while creating inclusive societies that allow people of all groups to fully participate in the social, economic and political...
Challenging History: Essential Questions in the Social Studies Classroom
Something was missing in Mike Paredes's classroom. A history teacher at an urban high school in Southern California, Mike had a good handle on content and a strong relationship with his students. But he worried that his students were not learning enough....
Editor's Notebook
As the historic election of 2008 draws closer, this issue of Social Education offers features and teaching tips that will interest and assist teachers as their classes follow the final stages of the campaigns. It also offers a set of historical and...
Fighting for the Past: Lessons from the David Irving Trial
Courtroom 36 in the Royal Courts of Justice was packed on the morning of April 11, 2000. Outside, a heavy rain pelted downtown London. At 10:30 a.m., Judge Paul Gray--wearing black silk robes and a horsehair wig--began to read excerpts from his 333-page...
Not by Votes Alone ... the Vital Imperative of Restoring the Civic Mission of Schools
With celebrities imploring young people to "Rock the Vote," and with youth poised to vote in record numbers this fall, it would be easy to assume that we are entering a golden age of youth civic engagement. Youth turnout rose in almost every state...
Supreme Court Review
A year ago, the sheer number of 5-4 decisions garnered the most attention with regard to the 2006-07 Supreme Court term. Twenty-four of that term's 72 cases were decided by this narrowest of margins. By contrast, the 2007-08 term was perhaps most...
Teaching about Aboriginal Canada through Picture Books
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] All children need to see themselves reflected in the books they read. Through reading, they make connections and relate to characters, places, and events. As Susan Shipton states, "Like food and shelter, every child has a...
Teaching Social Studies through Storytelling: The Enduring Spirit of the Arctic
The region in the Canadian Arctic now known as Nunavut ("our land" in the language of the Inuit) is a vast territory with a small population. Lying north and west of Hudson Bay, and previously part of Canada's Northwest Territories, it consists of...
The Digital Vaults
In the fall of 2004, the National Archives opened a new permanent exhibition at its historic building in Washington, D.C. Located in a large gallery behind the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom, the Public Vaults exhibition gives visitors the sensation...
The Electoral College
The United States has a system of voting for a president that is unique among western democracies. Rather than vote directly for a president or entrust the presidential election to a parliament, Americans instead vote for statewide slates of electors...
The Updated Verdict of the Keys
In January, I wrote in Social Education that according to the Keys to the White House, "the winds of political change are blowing through America in 2008" in a way that favors the Democrats in the November presidential election. Despite the surprise...
Turning Students on and out to Vote: Helpful Websites as Election Day Draws Near
As Election Day comes closer, teachers will have no trouble finding election-related information on the sites of any of the major national news programs. Our readers may also be interested in some other sites with material that is specialized, timely,...
Using the Internet to Teach about Political Cartoons and Their Influence on U.S. Elections
One of the most interesting and rewarding aspects of working on this column is receiving recommendations about topics for future columns and suggested websites that could be useful for classroom social studies teachers and supervisors. About a month...
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