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Social Education October 2010


A Bus Ride Across the Mason-Dixon Line in the Era of Jim Crow

Students gain a deeper understanding of the segregation period through this classroom simulation, in which randomly-assigned cards determine whether volunteers sit or stand during a long, interstate bus trip. Secondary/High School     US History


Memorandum about the First Nixon-Kennedy Debate
David L. Rosenbaum

A memo from John Kennedy's press secretary to Richard Nixon's press secretary prior to the first televised presidential debate in history serves as a jumping off point for studying the major issues of the 1960 election. Secondary/High School     US History

Looking at the Law

Supreme Court Review
Charles F. Williams and Catherine Hawke

Recent Supreme Court decisions generated surprising controversy, from gun control to First Amendment issues. In 2011, the Court will weigh in on cases dealing with the hiring of illegal immigrants, protests at soldiers' funerals, and selling violent video games. Secondary/High School     Law-Related

Surfing the Net

Teaching about the 2010 Mid-Term Election Using the Internet

Mid-term elections can be as significant as presidential elections. The recommended websites can help guide students in understanding the key issues and flash points. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government


The ReDistricting Game: Teaching Congressional Gerrymandering through an Online Simulation Game

An innovative online simulation game that spotlights the problem of gerrymandering can help students understand the congressional redistricting process. Secondary/High School     Civics/Government

Special Section: Exploring Humanitarian Law


Turning Bad News into a Teaching Moment
Mat Morgan

Teaching about global events such as Haiti's earthquake can help prepare young people for playing an active role in the face of such daunting disasters. Secondary/High School    


The Bystander's Dilemma: How Can We Turn our Students into Upstanders?
Lauren Woglom and Kim Pennington

By studying moments in history where bystanders made a difference, teachers can motivate students to think critically in the face of social dilemmas. Secondary/High School    


Even Wars Have Laws: Upholding an American Tradition
TJ Adhihetty

The earliest American leaders upheld basic protections for civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants. Such principles can serve as a guide today as we address difficult questions like the treatment of detainees and the issue of torture. Secondary/High School    


Memories of an Aid Worker

An attorney and Red Cross worker explores the impact that humanitarian work can have as she recalls her own personal experiences in the Ivory Coast after the country's first coup d'état. Secondary/High School     World History