Diana Hess As policymakers look for an escape route from the controversy about teaching intelligent design as science by passing this hot potato into social studies, are they creating more problems than they can solve?
Joanne Dufour The Nobel Committees selection for the 2005 peace prizethe International Atomic Energy Agency and its chiefoffers teachers an opportunity to revisit the topic of nuclear proliferation at a time when arms control efforts appear stalled.
Kahlil Chism The Freedmens Bureau was one of few agencies established to improve the lives of former slaves. Four documents highlight for students the bureaus efforts to help African Americans acquire land, secure jobs, legalize marriages, and pursue education.
The nomination process of Supreme Court justices is often fraught with political tension. A panel of experts discusses the judicial nomination process, the role of interest groups, and the possibility for reform.
Chris Sperry Students are bombarded daily with a torrent of media messages, many of them with historical content. By selecting the right media documents for decoding, teachers can teach core content while guiding students to think critically about these messages.
Simone Schweber Where students once viewed the Holocaust with awe, some now seem to trivialize it. The author reflects on the commodification of the Holocaust, teaching approaches, and current politics.
Mary Beth Donnelly While educators continue to value Holocaust education for raising awareness on human rights abuses and genocide, a yearlong study reveals that the range of different teaching practices and rationales is wider than many think.
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