NCSS Online Teachers' Library
--An Information Section Prepared by the Staff of Social Education
This special section provides resources and teaching tips for addressing the war and helping students deal with unfolding events.
--Charles F. Williams
The Constitution gives Congress—not the president—the power to declare war, but Congress has used that power only five times.
--Ruth Levy Guyer and Jonathan D. Moreno
Since September 11, the fear of a bioterrorist attack has become widespread. The authors look at the roots of bioterrorism, as well as the recent anthrax scare, and suggest ways that teachers can address bioterrorism with their students.
--Bruce G. Peabody
The conflict between civil liberties and the “war on terrorism” involves three specific issues: the government’s right to eavesdrop on conversations between alleged terrorists and their attorneys, deportation and the “right to be silent,” and military tribunals.
This university professor, who served as assistant attorney general in the Johnson administration, points out that dissent can be a form of patriotism, especially in times like these “when the blood is hot.”
--Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker and Janet E. Benton
The authors explore using literature to teach controversial topics—like the Vietnam War—from a global perspective.
--Joan Brodsky Schur
The attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, had a profound impact on the nation and the world. A social studies teacher chronicles the events as they happened in her own neighborhood in lower Manhattan.
Common misperceptions about the religion of Islam threaten to distort views of Muslim Americans and their convictions. The author answers questions about the Muslim faith, community, and beliefs.
--Zeina Azzam Seikaly
As Arab Americans face growing resentment from segments of the U.S. population, how can we protect our Arab American students from encountering such prejudice, educate all our students about the Arab American community, and emphasize tolerance over bigotry?
--Robert Cohen, Diana Turk, and Emily Klein
This sampling of comments posted in Washington Square Park after September 11 shows that, along with sadness and anger, a democratic spirit is alive and well in New York City.