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Social Education

On the Other Side

Lee Ann Potter
The value of an historical document goes far beyond its obvious content, and includes such obscure clues as notations scribbled hastily on the back.

Teaching With Documents

From Crisis to Civic Engagement: The Struggle Over Social Studies Standards in Minnesota

Paul Spies, Jennifer Bloom, Michael Boucher, Carrie Lucking, Lisa Norling, and Rick Theisen
When parents, teachers, and other community members in Minnesota learned that inaccurate and biased social studies standards were going to be implemented in their state, they mounted a rapid opposition and effective campaign.

Surfing the Net

Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai: Connecting Trees, Civic Education, and Peace

Iftikhar Ahmad
In 2004, the Nobel Committee for the first time awarded its peace prize to an environmentalist, a move intended to highlight the link between protecting natural resources and ensuring peace on earth.

Lesson Plan

Understanding Energy Concerns
The rising cost of gasoline affects individual countries differently. This lesson plan guides students to explore oil dependency and its impact on different countries, as well as alternate forms of energy.


Editor's Notebook

Supreme Court Roundup

Charles F. Williams
In its most recent term, the Supreme Court considered a range of important cases relating to the “War on Terror,” federalism, and sentencing guidelines. The author reviews some of the Court’s most significant rulings.


Credit: Your Best Friend or Your Worst Enemy?

National Council on Economic Education
In this lesson, students learn how quickly credit card balances can grow and how long it can take to pay them off; they also learn some sensible ways to use credit.


Experiencing World History through the Eyes of Ordinary Women

Jada Kohlmeier
Primary documents about a young girl growing up during China’s cultural revolution, a Russian peasant living under Stalin, and a woman in sixteenth century Germany offer students a unique perspective of important historical periods.

Research and Practice

James Meredith at Ole Miss: Victory over Discrimination

Candace D. Fisk and Beth Hurst
This story of James Meredith’s fight to integrate an all-white state university serves as a clear example of each individual’s ability to affect social change.

Youth Voting in the 2004 Election

The Staff of the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE)
While some reports have downplayed the participation of young voters in the recent presidential election, this study confirms a rise in youth voter turnout.

Research and Practice


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