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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. High School

China Today: Teahing about a Changing Cultural Landscape

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This special issue offers perspectives on China that will help teachers move beyond outdated assumptions in order to better educate students and encourage further study of this vast and complex country. High School

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. High School

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. High School

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. High School

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

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. High School

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. High School

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. High School

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. High School

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