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Social Education January/February 2003


Editor's Notebook


NCSS Notebook

The Day Has Just Begun: The 2002 NCSS Presidential Address

Stephen Johnson
How will we challenge our students to meet this century of character and change?



A Global Education Framework for Teaching about the World's Women

—Merry m. Merryfield and Binaya Subedi
This article offers a range of practices to help social studies teachers increase student knowledge of the world in general and of women in particular.



Integrating History and Literature to Teach About Women of West Africa

—Julie Doughty
The author describes three distinct stories by West African women that challenge conventional cliches and can help teachers integrate the experiences of African women into classroom curricula.



Teaching about South Asian Women: Getting Beyond the Stereotypes

—Vaishali Patel and Margaret Smith Crocco
Countering siplistic views of South Asian women, the authors detail the progress women have made over the past fifty years in that part of the world.



From Ancient to Modern:The Many Faces of Greek Women

—Nicoletta Pantziara
Since joining that European Union, Greece has instigated new laws to advance women’s status. But is legislation enough to help Greek women obtain grater autonomy?



Conscientizacao: Latina Women, American Students, and Empowerment in the Social Studies Classroom

—Stace Rierson and Lisa Duty
The stories of these Latin American women—Benedita da Silva, Domitila Barrios de Chungara, Elvia Alvarado, and Rigoberta Menchu—and their fights for social change can serve as a springboard for teaching about conditions and issues in Latin America.



Teaching About Women in China and Japan: A Thematic Approach

—Lyn Reese
Chinese and Japanese female scholars are increasingly uncovering information on the history of women in their countries. A few selective themes can help teachers manage the vast and emerging new scholarship.



Moving Students from Personal to Global Awareness

—Andrea Libresco and Jennifer Wolfe
A rash of bias incidents led one New York school district to mandate a course on human relations. No local students regularly grapple with the question, “Can’t we all just get along?”



At the Intersections: A Postcolonialist Woman of Color Considers Western Feminism

—Nina Asher
The author describes the evolution of her racial/ethnic identity in the United States and how she now translates theory into practice teaching multiculturalism in the “Deep South.”



Web-Based Resources for Teaching about Contemporary Women and Girls

—Mary Anne Flournoy with Andre J. Patterson
Here are some useful resources for teaching about contemporary women and girls.



Once Upon a Time: Teaching About Women and Social Justice Through Literature

—Cynthia A. Tyson and KaaVonia Hinton-Johnson
Literature about women such as African American voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer or political activist Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar provides prime materials for teaching about women's success in fighting social ills.



Women's Organizations Working for Human Rights and Peace

—Betty A. Reardon
Women’s international work for human rights and peace has led to landmark events such as the United Nations resolution to include women in all discussions related to peace and security.



Teaching Muslim Girls in American Schools

—Awatif Elnour and Khadar Bashir-Ali
By gaining an understanding of some key gender-related aspects of Islamic culture, teachers can greatly improve the educational experience of their Muslim students.