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Social Education

Trying Beliefs: The Law of Cultural Orthodoxy and Dissent

James H. Landman
English laws that enforced cultural standards of a religious or political nature had a strong influence on America’s legal system. This legacy continues to affect certain freedoms in the United States today.


Teaching about the Electoral College

David Dulio and the staff of the National Student/Parent Mock Election
When citizens step into the voting booth on election day, they are not actually voting for their candidate, but rather choosing a group of electors. This set of classroom activities explains one distinctively American institution--the Electoral College.

How Much of the Sky? Women in American History High School Textbooks from the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s

Roger Clark, Jeffrey Allard and Timothy Mahoney
Since Janice Trecker’s classic critique in 1971 of the omission of women from history textbooks, the books have included more women, but they still need to go further.

Haiti in Crisis

Social Education Staff
The same president that American troops returned to power ten years ago is ousted after a rebel uprising. Social Education takes a look at the roots of Haiti’s most recent crisis.

Research and Practice

Beyond Guest Speakers

Diana E. Hess
Inviting politicians, lawyers, police officers or other outside resource people to participate in interactive classroom lessons engages students more deeply and helps them focus their attention on important issues.

Macro or Micro: Teaching Fifth-Grade Economics Using Handheld Computers

Mark van’t Hooft and Jan Kelly
A class of Ohio elementary students studies economics with a simulated stock market using their handheld computers.


The NCSS Presidency: Perennial Themes of Leadership

James J. Sheehan and Mark A. Previte
By looking at past themes of NCSS presidential addresses, the authors hope to shed light on the contemporary struggles of social studies teachers.

Book Review

How Are Teachers Responding to Globalization?

Merry M. Merryfield and Masataka Kasai
Educators can successfully prepare students to be effective citizens by using strategies that promote multiple perspectives, global interconnectedness, and cross-cultural experiences.

Jonathan Zimmerman, Whose America? Culture Wars in the Public Schools

Athena Liss
The author examines Zimmerman’s argument that the greater racial and ethnic diversity in textbooks has not changed their basic approach to America’s national story.

Using Comparative Online Media to Study the Iraq War

Jana Sackman Eaton
Students no longer have to accept one version of the news; they can access online media around the world to gain a deeper understanding of events such as the Iraq war.



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