Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 7, November-December

Crisis with Iraq: A Lesson Plan. (in Focus)
Editor's Note: An important debate has begun in the United States and abroad about U.S. policy toward Iraq and its leader Saddam Hussein. This lesson has been developed by the Choices for the 21st Century Education Program at Brown University's...
Early Social Understanding: What Do Children Know about Food, Shelter, and Other Cultural Universals? (Research and Practice)
"Research and Practice," established early in 2001, features educational research that is directly relevant to the work of classroom teachers. Here, I invited Dr. Jere Brophy and Dr. Janet Alleman to consider the question, "What do children know...
Editor's Notebook
IN THIS ISSUE, we celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of our readers' favorite features--Teaching with Documents, prepared by the talented and dedicated educational specialists of the National Archives. This feature, which commenced publication...
Marbury V. Madison: Bicentennial of a Landmark Decision. (Looking at the Law)
The powers of the legislature are defined and limited; and that those limits may not be mistaken or forgotten, the constitution is written. To what purpose are powers limited, and to what purpose is that limitation committed to writing; if these...
Multicultural Education in Social Studies. (Point of View)
Critics of National Council for the Social Studies have recently labeled curricular materials found in its publications "mushy multicultural nonsense." They say the lesson plans only preach tolerance and understanding instead of the facts students...
OurDocuments.Gov. (Teaching with Documents)
"Our founders believed that the study of history and citizenship should be at the core of every American's education; yet today our children have large and disturbing gaps in their knowledge of history." --President George W. Bush, September...
Profit and Loss in the Classroom: Will the Business Model Bankrupt Education?
MOST OF US take pleasure in simplicity. We seek straightforward answers to even the most complex problems. This penchant for simple solutions is now endangering our education system. Those leading the movement for education reform have sought...
Spotlight on Iraq. (in Focus)
THE POPULATION OF IRAQ IS estimated at about 24 million people, making it the most populous state of the eastern Arab world. The typical inhabitant of Iraq lives in a town, as is the case in other major oil-producing states. In the past 50 years,...
Teaching about Civics and Citizenship with the Internet. (Surfing the Net)
TRYING TO WRITE A COLUMN on teaching about civics and citizenship education with the Internet brings to mind the somewhat off-color quote usually attributed to Zsa Zsa Gabor: "I know what to do, but I'm not sure how to make it interesting." The...
Trade, Travel, and Scholarship in Dar Al Islam: A Simulation Activity
IN THE SPRING OF 2001, my seventh grade students at the Village Community School in New York City were concluding a yearlong study of the Islamic world. At that time, I developed the following simulation to give students a deeper understanding of...
We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution and the Congressional Hearing
THE DOOR OPENS. Chairs shuffle as the students come to their feet. The room is almost eerily silent as the three judges enter and take their seats. In front of them, a panel of young "experts" on constitutional principles waits nervously for the...
What in the World Is the European Union?
The European Union (EU) is currently made up of 15 European nations that share an active commitment to promoting peace and prosperity in Europe and around the globe. Although Americans sometimes associate the EU with its brand new currency, the...
What Will Students Remember? Closing a Lesson on the Holocaust
ONE OF MY KEY GOALS in teaching about the Holocaust is to plant seeds in my students' minds and hearts--seeds that germinate, bloom, and grow over a lifetime. What kind of seeds? Seeds of concern. Seeds that create lingering questions about what...