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Social Education November/December 2006


The U.S. in Iraq: Confronting Policy Alternatives 

Choices for the 21st Century Education Program, Brown University
This lesson plan enables students to consider the principal alternatives facing U.S. policymakers in Iraq and to formulate their own points of view.

The Constitution in a Time of National Emergency: An Interview with Judge Richard Posner 

James Landman
In this interview, Judge Richard Posner explores the balance between constitutionally-protected liberties and security concerns.

Documents Related to the Flu Pandemic of 1918 

Raphael Mazzone and Lee Ann Potter
As World War I neared its end, a worldwide epidemic claimed more victims than the war itself. The two featured documents recall the loss of life and havoc in the United States.

Maps and Map Learning in Social Studies 

Sarah Witham Bednarz, Gillian Acheson, and Robert S. Bednarz
Maps are essential learning tools, but they represent varying points of view; so teaching about maps must go hand-in-hand when teaching with maps.

Musings on Meaning, Meatloaf, and Moe—Reflections on The State of Social Studies 

Ron Levitsky
This veteran teacher concurs with a recent report that social studies “gets no respect,” but while pondering key issues, he asks: Are things that bad?

Promising Practices in Using the Internet to Teach Social Studies 

C. Frederick Risinger
From classroom blogs, day-to-day assignments, research links, or descriptions of special history projects, teachers and schools are expanding their use of the internet. The author reviews some particularly noteworthy teacher- or school-designed websites.

Harvest Ceremony—Beyond the Thanksgiving Myth 

Johanna Gorelick and Genevieve Simermeyer/The Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of the American Indian
While the modern story of Thanksgiving describes the original feast as a friendly gathering of neighbors, in reality it had much more to do with political alliances, diplomacy, and an attempt at peaceful coexistence.

Rwanda: A Nation Resilient in the Aftermath of Genocide  

Samuel Totten
Twelve years after genocide, Rwandans work hard to overcome the scars; yet a recent trip showed the author that division and rage still threaten the nation’s stability.

Countering Textbook Distortion: War Atrocities in Asia, 1937–1945 

Yali Zhao and John D. Hoge
When Japan approved a textbook glossing over wartime atrocities in Asia, it not only sparked regional protests, but also exposed a hole in World War II studies on this side of the Pacific.

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