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Social Education

Perspective Matters: Social Identity and the Teaching and Learning of National History

Terrie Epstein and Jessica Shiller
Students’ identities and affiliations influence what and how much they learn from school subjects. Understanding this can help teachers build on students’ perspectives.


Making the Abstract Concrete

—Lee Ann Potter
Ronald Reagan made history when he nominated Sandra Day O’Connor as the first female justice of the Supreme Court. His letter to the Senate is an excellent jump off point for teaching about the separation of powers and checks and balances.


Does the First Amendment Have a Future?

Sam Chaltain
Recent research has shown that our students’ knowledge of the First Amendment is severely deficient. Our schools can play a major role in turning this around by becoming more open to debate and the exchange of ideas.


Research and Practice: Social Studies and the Social Order: Transmission or Transformation?

—William B. Stanley
Educators have long pondered whether their duty in the classroom was to convey the status quo or to facilitate change. Here, the author presents three historic positions on the role of teachers with respect to the social order.


The Dropping of Atomic Bombs on Japan

Thomas Holmes
As the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki draws near, a classroom teacher shares four approaches to exploring this momentous event with students.


Middle School, the Middle East and a War: Debunking Myths and Stereotypes

Marguerite W. Parks and Deborah A. Hilscher
A group of Wisconsin seventh grade students studying the Middle East reach beyond the headlines to form a connection and friendships with students at a nearby Muslim school.


Editor's Notebook

Close Up on a Genocide: Rwanda, 1994

Sometimes in April
Reviewed by Jennifer Bauduy and Daly Valet

Book Review

NCSS House of Delegates Resolutions

Surfing the Net

—C. Frederick Risinger
Young people feel a greater connection to history when they are learning about others their age. Here, the author provides a list of websites about children throughout history.



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