Social Education

Official journal of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Articles from Vol. 66, No. 3, April

Documenting the American South: Thomas H. Jones and the Fugitive Slave Law
To the Friends of the hunted American Slave in England: BOSTON, MARCH 29, 1851. In consequence of the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law, at the last session of Congress, a general flight from the country of all fugitive slaves in the Northern...
Editor's Notebook
CAROLE L. HAHN RECENTLY reported in our pages on the results of an international study that compared the civic knowledge of young people in 28 countries. Almost 3,000 American ninth grade students participated in the survey. Although the study showed...
Handheld Computing in the Social Studies
THE BELL RINGS, and students enter their social studies class and take their computers out of their pockets. They gain access to their daily notes and agenda after the teacher presses a button. The teacher takes roll on her own handheld computer...
Ideology and the Web
Ideology is a word that evokes a variety of sentiments. An ideologue is often thought of as an emotionally overcharged believer who disregards reason and common sense in order to follow a particular set of beliefs. At the same time, having "ideological...
Inquiry with an E-Book: A Natural Strategy for Social Studies
Imagine that an American history teacher begins a lesson by telling the following story. In 1837, a youngboy named John lived on a farm in a beautiful, mountainous, wooded area in Eastern Tennessee. His family planted corn and raised ...
Minority Religions and Limitations on Religious Freedom
Liberty is the right to do whatever the law permits. -- Charles Louis Montesquieu When people are free to de as they please, they usually imitate each other. -- Eric Hoffer THE FIRST AMENDMENT'S guarantee of religious freedom is, like all...
The 1930 Census
In the spring of 1930, the Bureau of the Census temporarily employed nearly 87,800 individuals as enumerators for the Fifteenth Census of the United States. Each was at least eighteen years old, a U.S. citizen, and had successfully filled out a...
To Russia with ... Technology
With any project, it's best to start small. I know this, but I have never lived my life that way, and that includes how I teach. I've always been the Judy Garland character who says, "Sure we can put on a Broadway-quality show in the barn in the...
What Constrains Meaningful Social Studies Teaching?
VERY FEW ADULTS, if any, especially teachers and other school personnel, oppose "good" or "meaningful" teaching. We would probably agree, however, that such teaching is less common than we would like. Why? What gets in the way? And what can we do...

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