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Social Education January/February 2005


Education and Diversity

James A. Banks, Peter Cookson, Geneva Gay, Willis D. Hawley, Jacqueline Jordan Irvine, Sonia Nieto, Janet Ward Schofield, and Walter G. Stephan
This team of scholars outlines twelve essential principles relating to diversity that can help educational practitioners increase student academic achievement and improve intergroup relations.



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.



How Do Teachers' Political Views Influence Teaching about Controversial Issues?

Diana E. Hess
Educators know that teaching about contentious subjects can spark controversy; in order to approach such subjects, we need to identify and critique how our own views influence what and how we teach.

In Focus


Chronology of the Iraq War: 2004

Social Education Staff
Iraq was rocked by continued violence and upheaval in 2004. This special section offers a detailed chronology of significant events that affected the country last year.    





Editor's Notebook

NCSS Notebook


Democracy and Diversity: Social Studies in Action

Jesus Garcia
As we work to build a better future, let's strive to make our own organization more inclusive and make social studies once again a core subject.



In the Midst of Strange and Terrible Times: The New York City Draft Riots of 1863

Bárbara C. Cruz and Jennifer Marques Patterson
The riots that shook New York City more than a century ago can provide contemporary students a useful framework for studying such complex issues as race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and immigration.



Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai: Connecting Trees, Civic Education, and Peace

Iftikhar Ahmad
In 2004, the Nobel Committee for the first time awarded its peace prize to an environmentalist, a move intended to highlight the link between protecting natural resources and ensuring peace on earth.

Lesson Plan


Understanding Energy Concerns
The rising cost of gasoline affects individual countries differently. This lesson plan guides students to explore oil dependency and its impact on different countries, as well as alternate forms of energy.



Becoming Global Citizens: Disadvantaged Students Reach Out to Kids in Hurricane-Ravaged Island

Lynnette B. Erickson, Sharon Black, and Daniel Seegmiller
Today, citizens around the world are searching for ways to help tsunami victims. Students can learn from one sixth grade class who aided peers in the Caribbean after a hurricane several years ago.



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