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Social Education

The Common Standards Movement and the Role of Social Studies on the Internet

These recommended websites examine the Common Core Standards Initiative and focus on social studies and citizenship efforts and achievements.

NCSS Position Statement on Academic Freedom

A Social Studies Teacher's Challenge: Thoughts from Experience

While there may be no definitive answers for navigating questions of school authority and teacher independence, the author outlines some useful guideposts.

What's Stopping You? Classroom Censorship for Better or Worse

As educators, we should examine limitations on teaching relevant controversial topics and use our academic freedoms to challenge those limits.

Legal Issues in the Protection of Student Freedoms

Many basic issues of student speech rights and limits have not yet been fully resolved, and more contemporary speech issues are emerging.

Teachers and Academic Freedom: Gaining Rights De Facto

When they work together, teachers may gain rights de facto that they have not yet gained de jure.

Defending Academic Freedom: Advice for Teachers

There are actions teachers can take to strengthen their right to teach controversial issues.

Learning about Teacher and Student Freedom

Education programs must prepare future teachers with the knowledge and skills for exploring issues of free expression and free inquiry in the classroom.

Academic Freedom as Seen by the 1970s Special Issue Editor

The challenges that existed when Social Education's last issue on academic freedom was published still remain, and the need to support access to information in our schools is as great as ever.

The Need for Courage in American Schools: Cases and Causes

In times of social stress, academic freedom is often forsaken. Yet it is precisely in such times that social educators and teachers must stand up for this essential element of a democratic society.


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