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Social Education March/April 2019

This edition of Social Education provides rich resources for inquiry based instruction that focuses on major political, economic, and historic issues. It offers readers two important special sections—one on current economic topics ranging from Fed policies to the impact of artificial intelligence, and the other on instructional technology strategies for using valuable online resources in the classroom.

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson

This edition of Social Education provides rich resources for inquirybased    
Lessons on the Law

Freedom of the Press: Challenges to this Pillar of Democracy
Stephen J. Wermiel

The First Amendment guarantee of freedom of the press has stood the test of time. But to whom should such protections apply today when the Internet and social media make everyone a potential publisher?     US History, Civics/Government, Law-Related
Sources and Strategies

Starting Conversations with Students about Personal Spending, Investing, and Stewardship with Historic Receipts
Lee Ann Potter

The featured receipts for personal expenses belonging to Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, and others can spark an engaging lesson on spending, investing, and stewardship.     US History, Economics
Teaching the C3 Framework

Inquiry in the Social Studies: Reflections of an Octogenarian
Peter B. Dow

When teachers are driven mainly to transmit a prescribed curriculum, student curiosity is left by the wayside.    

Making Economics Cool with Hot Issues


The History and Structure of the Federal Reserve System
Jerome Powell

The chair of the Federal Reserve chronicles the historical development of the U.S. central bank system—from the original Bank of the United States to current monetary policy.     Economics


The Economics of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Scott Wolla, Mark C. Schug, William C. Wood

New technologies have always destroyed some jobs while creating others. But will Artificial Intelligence finally be the technical advance that makes large numbers of humans redundant?     Economics


Ghost Story VI: John Williams Meets Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman
M. Scott Niederjohn, Mark C. Schug, William C. Wood

In Social Education’s latest “ghost story” episode, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York confers with renowned economists Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman on the best course of action on interest rates for the Fed.     Economics


Econs vs. Humans: An Introduction to Behavioral Economics
M. Scott Niederjohn, Kim Holder

Integrating elements of psychology into traditional studies of economics helps students discover genuine solutions to real world problems.     Economics, Psychology


Can Rent Controls Help Reduce the High Cost of Housing in High Demand Cities?
Joshua Hall, Noah Trudeau

The issue of rent control, which creates housing security for some but a housing shortage for others, can launch an interesting classroom study related to supply and demand.     Economics

New Literacies in Social Studies for the Digital Age


Crowdsourcing the Social Studies
Ilene R. Berson, Michael J. Berson

When students participate in classifying, transcribing, and organizing primary sources for digital history archives, they engage in historical analysis and generate data that can accelerate historical discoveries.     Pedagogy/Instruction, US History


Every Picture Tells a Story: Teaching the Past with Photoblogs
Elizabeth C. Barrow

Creating photoblogs in the social studies classroom builds on students’ interest in using images to convey messages while teaching important media literacy skills. Middle Level     Pedagogy/Instruction, US History


What's New about Fake News? Integrating Digital History for Media Literacy
Meghan McGlinn Manfra

Examining selected digital historical records can highlight for students how their emphases, distortions, or omissions can influence perceptions of events.

    Pedagogy/Instruction, US History


Using Computational Thinking to Explore the Past, Present, and Future
Thomas C. Hammond, Julia Oltman, Shannon Salter

The incorporation of elements of computational thinking such as decomposition, abstraction, and pattern recognition can provide a toolset for analyzing discipline-specific data.     Pedagogy/Instruction, US History

Social Education January/February 2019

The upcoming U.S. census of 2020 is the subject of a controversy about whether the “short forms” that are sent to all households should include a question about the citizenship status of respondents.

This issue of Social Education offers a rich array of current topics, stimulating historical documents, and research-based findings about the kind of teaching that engages students, develops their thinking skills, and prepares them for effective citizenship. 

Editor's Notebook

Editor's Notebook
Michael Simpson

NCSS Notebook

Revitalizing Civic Learning
India Meissel

It is vital to the health and future of our democracy that we prepare our students for knowledgeable, engaged, and active citizenship. Secondary/High School    
Lessons on the Law

April 1, 2020 is the Next Census Day: Everyone Should Be Counted, but How?
Jeffrey M. Wice

The controversy over a proposed census question on citizenship status can launch an engaging classroom lesson on the U.S. constitutional requirement to count every resident. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


Examining the Legacy of Wisconsin v. Yoder Using Primary Documents
Brett Bertucio

Should parents’ religious rights outweigh government’s interest in citizens’ education or wellbeing? Primary documents from a Supreme Court case can engage students in a spirited debate on this complex issue. Secondary/High School     US History
Sources and Strategies

Expanding Student Understanding of Slavery in America by Exploring an Arabic Muslim Slave Narrative
Michael Apfeldorf

Examining the life of an enslaved West African man in North Carolina who wrote a memoir in Arabic can broaden students’ perspectives on slavery in America. Secondary/High School     US History


The Bullying of Religious Minorities in Schools: Consequences and Solutions
Ameena Jandali, Henry Millstein

The authors recommend important steps and strategies to help schools and educators reduce or prevent bullying.     Pedagogy/Instruction
Teaching the C3 Framework

The Deliberative Classroom: Inquiry-Based Teaching, Evaluative Questions, and Deliberation
Stefanie Olbrys

In a classroom that promotes deliberation, students practice the kinds of speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills that advance active citizenship. Secondary/High School     Pedagogy/Instruction


Operation TPAJAX: An Investigation into the 1953 Iranian Coup d’État
Autumn Magliocca, Anthony Pellegrino, Joseph L. Adragna

The suggested classroom activities can launch an important lesson on Cold War conflicts, provide contextual insight into Iranian-Western relations, and develop students’ historical thinking skills. Secondary/High School     US History


Pawnee County, Kansas 1877-1880: Using Primary Sources to Investigate Local History
Scott Scheuerell

Federal census reports and diaries from the past offer students a unique opportunity to conduct authentic research that deepens their understanding of their own community’s history.

Secondary/High School     US History


The Braceros: Mexican Workers in the Jim Crow South, 1949–1951
Jarrod Hanson, Ruben Donato

Primary sources on the treatment of contracted Mexican workers in Arkansas in the mid-twentieth century can launch an engaging lesson on the role of race, economic power, regional differences, and citizenship status in historical events. Secondary/High School     US History
Research & Practice

Project-Based Learning in Primary-Grade Social Studies
Anne-Lise Halvorsen, Nell K. Duke, Stephanie L. Strachan

Project-based learning not only engages and fosters development in young learners, it enables them to see themselves as change agents in their communities. PreK-Elementary     Pedagogy/Instruction


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