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Social Education November/December 2010


Law, Pirates, and Piracy
Tiffany Willey Middleton

Looking at the Law editor Tiffany Willey Middleton interviews international legal expert Douglas Guilfoyle on piracy, terrorism, and the law. The article highlights a case study and online discussion guide as a way to engage students in these issues.    


Cloture Motion to Cease Debate on 1964 Civil Rights Bill
Lee Ann Potter

Students will gain a deeper understanding of legislative tactics like the filibuster when they study the featured document—the Senate motion that broke a 55-day filibuster against the Civil Rights Act. Secondary/High School     US History


Teacher Resources for Academic Freedom Issues

This list of key websites, journals, and organizations is invaluable for educators exploring academic freedom    

Surfing the Net

The Common Standards Movement and the Role of Social Studies on the Internet
C. Frederick Risinger

These recommended websites examine the Common Core Standards Initiative and focus on social studies and citizenship efforts and achievements. Secondary/High School    


An Open Letter to President Barack Obama
C. Frederick Risinger

Columnist C. Frederick Risinger shares his letter to the president on the risk posed to our democracy by the marginalization of social studies and citizenship education. Secondary/High School    



The Need for Courage in American Schools: Cases and Causes
Jack L. Nelson with Carole Hahn

In times of social stress, academic freedom is often forsaken. Yet it is precisely in such times that social educators and teachers must stand up for this essential element of a democratic society. Secondary/High School    


Academic Freedom as Seen by the 1970s Special Issue Editor
Todd Clark

The challenges that existed when Social Education's last issue on academic freedom was published still remain, and the need to support access to information in our schools is as great as ever. Secondary/High School    


Learning about Teacher and Student Freedom
James Daly

Education programs must prepare future teachers with the knowledge and skills for exploring issues of free expression and free inquiry in the classroom. Secondary/High School    


Defending Academic Freedom: Advice for Teachers
Michael D. Simpson

There are actions teachers can take to strengthen their right to teach controversial issues. Secondary/High School    

Democracy Education

Teachers and Academic Freedom: Gaining Rights De Facto
Diana E. Hess

When they work together, teachers may gain rights de facto that they have not yet gained de jure. Secondary/High School    


Legal Issues in the Protection of Student Freedoms
Robert M. O'Neil

Many basic issues of student speech rights and limits have not yet been fully resolved, and more contemporary speech issues are emerging. Secondary/High School    


What's Stopping You? Classroom Censorship for Better or Worse
Nancy C. Patterson

As educators, we should examine limitations on teaching relevant controversial topics and use our academic freedoms to challenge those limits. Secondary/High School    


A Social Studies Teacher's Challenge: Thoughts from Experience
Anna Ochoa-Becker

While there may be no definitive answers for navigating questions of school authority and teacher independence, the author outlines some useful guideposts. Secondary/High School