Editor's Notebook Michael SimpsonThe contributors to this issue of Social Education offer rich ideas for the creative teaching of social studies through the arts and literature and some noteworthy articles on topics ranging from inquiry-based learning to a first-hand account of the dilemmas of a history textbook author. This issue also presents the most recent National Council for the Social Studies position statements that have been approved by the NCSS Board of Directors. One addresses the current challenges of “Youth, Social Media, and Digital Civic Engagement,” and the second deals with the important subject of “Early Childhood in the Social Studies Context.”
Exploring Families through Contemporary Visual Art Bárbara C. Cruz, Cheryl R. Ellerbrock, Sarah Mead DenneyAn arts-based approach to secondary social studies can promote active learning, develop critical thinking skills, and advance the study of social institutions. Sociology
Studying the landmark 1969 Chicago Eight conspiracy trial can propel an engaging debate on the balance between political dissent and law and order.Secondary/High School Civics/Government, Law-Related
Wide Awake in the World with the 2019 Notable Books Andrea S. LibrescoTwo noteworthy books can help young learners grapple with significant societal issues such as poverty and homelessness and can help teachers introduce students to the vocabulary of civic action. PreK-Elementary Civics/Government
As young children engage in their play and daily activities, they show a natural interest in the world around them. Early childhood educators may capitalize on these interests and carefully plan a variety of experiences with social studies in mind, cultivating and extending young children’s diverse skills and abilities to form and voice opinions, identify and solve problems, negotiate roles, perceive diversity and inequality, and recognize the consequences of their decisions and behaviors on others. Social studies is a vital part of the early childhood curriculum, since children’s formative experiences shape their attitudes as “citizens of their classroom, their schools, and of the larger community” (Mardell, 2011).
Given the importance of early years educators in creating learning environments and experiences that foster young children’s skills as active citizens committed to inclusion and equity, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) affirms pedagogic practices in the early years that support young children’s progression of social studies learning in early childhood settings.General Social Studies
The House of Delegates (HOD) provides a forum for the general membership of NCSS, as represented by state councils, communities, and associated groups, to bring ideas, principles, beliefs, and actions regarding social studies education to the attention of the NCSS Board of Directors. Resolutions are the framework through which the NCSS membership at-large makes recommendations to the Board.
The resolutions approved by the NCSS Board of Directors at its Winter 2019 meeting are presented here.