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Gagnon, Paul – American Educator, 1994
Provides examples of what content standard and a corresponding curriculum framework might look like in two subjects: world history and English. It examines how one teacher might translate these concepts into engaging lessons. Integration of subjects and relevance to students' lives are emphasized.(GLR)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Academic Standards, Classroom Techniques, Curriculum Development
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1985
Argues that history is worth studying because it alone can begin to help us find who we are and what choices we may have before us. Discusses the particular significance of history within self-governing, democratic societies. Asserts that American students must be familiar with history of other cultures and periods before Columbus. (KH)
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, History Instruction, Political Attitudes
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
Provides excerpts from a forthcoming book on how high school-level history textbooks deal with the development and value of political democracy. Criticisms focus on: (1) these texts' choice of topic (particularly their emphasis on the West), (2) their handling of the political ideas of Ancient Greece, and (3) their representation of the meanings…
Descriptors: Democratic Values, High Schools, History Instruction, Political Issues
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1988
Reviews the California History-Social Science Framework, the new state curriculum guide for the teaching of elementary and secondary social studies. Emphasizes the Framework's focus on history and geography, and citizenship education. (FMW)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development, Elementary School Curriculum
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
Discusses the fact that although Jewish (along with Greek ideas) and Christian ideas make up the roots of Western culture, they are hardly mentioned in recent historical textbooks. This shortchanges students because they fail to learn the religious sources of human rights and democracy. (PS)
Descriptors: Christianity, Elementary Education, History Instruction, History Textbooks
Gagnon, Paul – American Educator: The Professional Journal of the American Federation of Teachers, 1987
Many influential reviewers refuse to consider the central ideas and recommendations of Ravich and Finn in "What Do Our 17-Year Olds Know?" and Hirsch in "Cultural Literacy." One hopes this will not continue: the willingness of academicians to openly debate the problems and opportunities of improving our schools is crucial to…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Book Reviews, Creative Thinking, Curriculum Development