Social Studies and the New Immigration
Guest Editors: Xue Lan Rong and M. Gail Hickey
Foreword: Focusing on the New Immigration
Xue Lan Rong and M. Gail Hickey
This special issue of Social Education focuses on schools as the primary gateway for absorbing newcomers into United States society, and explores new ideas for empowering immigrants that challenge the traditional model of assimilation.
The New Immigration: Challenges Facing Social Studies Professionals
Xue Lan Rong
For the United States, massive immigration is the current reality and a future prospect. Social studies professionals have a vital role to play in making the largest ethnic transformation in our history a success.
Voices from Little Asia: "Blue Dragon" Teens Reflect on Their Experiences as Asian Americans
Melinda F. Cowart, Ron W. Wilhelm, and Ronald E. Cowart
In a community program in Dallas, Asian American youths from several countries share their differing heritages as well as their common experiences in adjusting to mainstream American society.
Using Media Literacy to Explore Stereotypes of Mexican Immigrants
Lucila Vargas and Bruce dePyssler
The current media portrayal of Mexican immigrants and native-born Latinos differs little from the historical pattern of negative coverage. Media literacy tools can help students deconstruct the stereotypes and other false images prevalent in general-market media.
Young Children Learn About Immigrants to the United States
Judith Y. Singer and Theodora Harbour-Ridley
Teaching about immigration is an inclusive effort that involves pre-schoolers and elementary students, teachers and parents, at the Morris L. Eisenstein Learning Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Common Threads: Teaching Immigration in Elementary Classrooms
Robin Haskell McBee, Kristine Bone, Gail Mossop, and Carrie Owens
Helping students to understand and take pride in our country’s multicultural heritage is the common goal in teaching about immigration in three classrooms.
The Role of the Immigrant in United States History: A Thematic Approach
Mary E. Connor
Immigration lends itself well to teaching history thematically. Using this approach, students can observe how the same issues have arisen time after time as the nation struggled to define its immigration policy—and itself.
Bilingual Education: An Overview
Rosa Castro Feinberg and Consuelo Conde Morencia
Students with limited English proficiency constitute a special challenge in today’s classrooms. This article reviews some of the approaches to bilingual education now being used to help these children succeed academically.
If You Can Make It There, You Can Make It Anywhere: Teaching Immigrant Students in New York City
Margaret Smith Crocco with Delia Barr Brooks and Kimberly Woo
The dramatic influx of immigrant children into the New York public school system provides a challenge—and a unique laboratory—for teacher education programs. This article looks at one such program for the social studies.
"Back Home, Nobody’d Do That": Immigrant Students and Cultural Models of Schooling
Students bring their own expectations of schooling into the classroom. Knowing more about the cultural backgrounds of immigrant students can help teachers to avoid cultural misunderstandings that detract from learning.
Immigration and Multiculturalism: Issues in Australian Society and Schools
Lindsay J. Parry
Australia’s recognition that it is a multicultural society is of recent date and remains the subject of controversy. Will the school curriculum be inclusive of the many peoples who have formed this nation or a means of reasserting the centrality of the Anglo-Celtic past?
Surfing the Web
Teaching about Immigration
A number of good websites on immigration can help stimulate classroom discussion. This controversial topic can also be a good way to introduce students to website bias.
Human Rights Series
The Rights of Refugees
Jennifer Truran Rothwell
"Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution," states Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But as the conditions of modern warfare continue to uproot millions of people, where can today’s refugees find safe haven?
Looking at the Law
The Changing Face of Immigration Law
Christina DeConcini, Jeanine S. Piller, and Margaret Fisher
The United States is in the midst of a “cold spel#148; with regard to immigration, as evidenced by several laws passed by Congress in 1996. What accounts for the fluctuations in American attitudes toward newcomers, and how are today’s immigrants being affected by the new legislation?
Teaching with Documents
Declaration of Intention and Petition for Naturalization
Lee Ann Potter and Wynell Schamel
The legal requirements for becoming a United States citizen have changed little since the founding of the nation, although the paperwork has been streamlined. This article uses documents submitted by Greta Garbo and one Archibald Leach to explain the process of naturalization.
Annual Index: 1998