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Social Education January/February 2010

NCSS Notebook
The Civic Mission of Schools Syd Golston
Six principles outlined by the Civic Mission of Schools Campaign can help us achieve our objective of preparing competent and responsible citizens. Secondary Level    

China Today: Teahing about a Changing Cultural Landscape

Introduction Kathleen Woods Masalski and Tedd Levy
This special issue offers perspectives on China that will help teachers move beyond outdated assumptions in order to better educate students and encourage further study of this vast and complex country. Secondary Level    

Letter to Social Studies Teachers from the U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman
Teachers have an essential role to play in preparing young Americans for the future relationship between the United States and China. Secondary Level    

Panda-Huggers and Dragon-Slayers: How to View Modern China Today Rob Gifford
Two extreme positions that have long characterized outsider views of China--panda-hugger or dragon-slayer--have become increasingly untenable in the context of contemporary China. Secondary Level    

What I Wish My College Students Already Knew about PRC History Kristin Stapleton
Five main themes outlined in this article can help secondary students integrate conflicting views on China, particularly since the establishment of the People's Republic. Secondary Level    

Chinese Geography through Chinese Cuisine Jonathan N. Lipman
Teaching China's cuisines provides an engaging way of illustrating the diversity of Chinese society. Secondary Level    

Confucianism on the Comeback: Current Trends in Culture, Values, Politics, and Economy Stephen C. Angle
The ancient principles of Confucius, which challenge unexamined thinking, are experiencing a multifaceted revival in China. Secondary Level    

Personal Experiences Peter Hessler
Secondary Level    

Curriculum Reform and the Writing of High School History Textbooks in the People's Republic of China Qi Chen
This past decade, China has taken a closer look at the role of history education and has revamped its history curriculum standards. Secondary Level    

Teaching About Ethnicities in China Caryn White Stedman
The study of China's ethnic minorities presents students with an opportunity to examine questions of identity as well as civil and human rights. Secondary Level    

Ten Top Films for Teaching About China Today Tanya Lee
This recommended list of films offers teachers a wealth of resources for engaging students with contemporary China. Secondary Level    

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