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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

Islamist Movements in Iraq

Social Education Staff
As Iraq nears elections scheduled for early next year, Islamist movements are playing an increasing role in the political landscape. This special section offers an overview of the key groups—both militant and pragmatic.


The International Criminal Court

The Center for Teaching International Relations
Members of the international community banded together to create a tribunal to try individuals who seriously violate international law. In this lesson, students will learn about the ICC and discuss whether the U.S. should join.


Teaching about Saving and Investing in the Elementary and Middle School Grades

Mary Suiter and Bonnie T. Meszaros
Financial education in the early grades can establish the basis for wise saving and spending habits that will serve students throughout their lives.

Surfing the Net

Women of the World, Re-write!: Women in American World History High School Textbooks from the 1960s, 1980s, and 1990s

Roger Clark, Kieran Ayton, Nicole Frechette, and Pamela J. Keller
Social forces like feminism have pushed textbook writers to include more women. But this analysis of world history textbooks demonstrates that much more needs to be done.



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