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Social Education October 2012

Teaching with Documents

Photograph and Speech Related to the Cuban Missile Crisis
Stacey Bredhoff and Lee Ann Potter

The featured photograph and the document from President Kennedy's speech about Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba offer an excellent entry point into the study of the presidency and foreign diplomacy at that critical moment in history. Secondary/High School     US History

Looking at the Law

Supreme Court Term in Review
Catherine Hawke

The recent Supreme Court term included many hot-button issues like health care, immigration, and First Amendment rights for liars, broadcasters, and unions. Secondary/High School     Law-Related


The Keys to the White House
Allan J. Lichtman

This historically successful election prediction system remains firm in its forecast that Obama will win the popular vote, highlighting for students that it is governance, not campaigning, that determines the outcome of presidential elections. Secondary/High School    


Teaching about Big Money in Elections: To Amend or Not to Amend the U.S. Constitution?
James M. M. Hartwick and Brett L. M. Levy

Students will gain a profound understanding of concepts such as freedom of speech, fair elections, and responsive representative leadership with this lesson on the proposed amendment to regulate election spending. Secondary/High School    

Surfing the Net

Teaching about the 2012 Elections Using the Internet-Part 2
C. Frederick Risinger

This column focuses on the battle for the presidency as well as the fight for Congress, highlighting websites with elementary and secondary lesson plans, collaborative projects, and other learning activities. Secondary/High School    


Preparing Global Citizens through the Study of Human Rights
Toni Fuss Kirkwood-Tucker

Two key strategies—infusion and postholing—are ideal for engaging students in human rights issues. Secondary/High School    


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Hilary Landorf

The document that began as a declaration of human equality and dignity has become the foundation of the human rights movement and a cornerstone of world political dialogue. Secondary/High School    


Close Up on Capital Punishment: Challenging Students' Ideas of Justice
Christopher W. Harrison

Exploring the topic of capital punishment presents an important opportunity for students to consider this controversial issue through the lens of legality and ethics. Secondary/High School    


Teaching about the Korean Comfort Women
Hyunduk Kim

The ordeal of Korean Comfort Women in World War II can spark class discussion about human rights violations by nation-states and the means of preventing such tragedies. Secondary/High School    


Child Soldiers: Rights Denied, Hope Restored
Kenneth T. Carano and Robert W. Bailey

Exposing students to international issues such as the existence of child soldiers motivates them to become engaged as global citizens. Secondary/High School    


Iranian Women: Between Education and Repression
Rina Bousalis

Studying the repression of women in Iran can launch the deeper exploration of pathways to freedom. Secondary/High School    


The Struggle for Human Rights in Myanmar
Natalie Keefer

The country of Myanmar offers a compelling case study for teaching students about human rights abuses and a people's fight for democracy. Secondary/High School    


Desperate Times, Desperate Measures: Executive Powers, Individual Rights and Guantanamo Bay Prison
Jason L. O'Brien and Kyle T. Barbieri

Students will sharpen their critical thinking skills when they take a close look at the complex issue of the relationship between security and constitutional rights.

Secondary/High School    


Using Literature for Young People to Teach about Human Rights
Caroline C. Sheffield and Barbara C. Cruz

Stories of individuals working for positive change offer an inspiring and personal approach to the subject of human rights.

Secondary/High School    


Web Resources for Teaching about Human Rights
Merry M. Merryfield, Germain Badang, Christina Bragg, Aleksandr Kvasov, Nathan Taylor, Anne Waliaula and Misato Yamaguchi

This sampler of websites represents a few of the resources available for exploring the political, economic, and social rights spelled out in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Secondary/High School