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Social Education March 2004


Editor's Notebook

Teaching with Documents


Letter from President Millard Fillmore to the Emperor of Japan

Marvin Pinkert and Lee Ann Potter
A letter from President Fillmore plays a key role in overcoming Japan’s “closed country” policy.

Looking at the Law


McConnell v. FEC: Reforming Campaign Finance

David L. Hudson, Jr., and Charles F. Williams
The Supreme Court okays certain limits on money in politics to prevent corruption of elected officials.

In Focus


Haiti in Crisis

Social Education Staff
The same president that American troops returned to power ten years ago is ousted after a rebel uprising. Social Education takes a look at the roots of Haiti’s most recent crisis.

Research and Practice


Discussion in Social Studies: Is it Worth the Trouble?

Diana E. Hess
Though many teachers value classroom discussion, why is it so rare in social studies classes?



Past as Prologue: History vs. Social Studies

Alan Singer
Historically, in times of national emergency detractors like to blame social studies for a range of ills in the education system.



The U. S. Labor Force in the New Economy

Social Education Staff
Globalization and the spread of new technologies have spurred dramatic change in the U.S. labor force. Census Bureau statistics help explain some of these trends.



Macro or Micro: Teaching Fifth-Grade Economics Using Handheld Computers

Mark van’t Hooft and Jan Kelly
A class of Ohio elementary students studies economics with a simulated stock market using their handheld computers.



Separate Is Not Equal: Brown v. Board of Education Resources—A Guide for Study and Discussion

Alonzo N. Smith
This study guide provides a range of resources in preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.



School Desegregation Depicted in Docudrama

David L. Wolfford
The author provides in-depth reviews of six films on desegregation.



The International Atomic Energy Agency

Joanne Dufour
This article examines the origins of the international weapons inspection agency, and takes a closer look at nuclear programs in four key countries—Iran, Iraq, North Korea, and Libya.