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Stapleton, Kristin – Social Education, 2010
Different generations of Americans understand China quite differently. This, of course, is true of many topics. However, the turbulence of Chinese history and U.S.-China relations in the 60 years since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949 has deepened the gaps in generational thinking about China. Those who came of age in…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Asian History, Social Change, Instructional Design
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Zheng, Shiping – Social Education, 2010
In recent years, there has been much talk in the media and the academic world about the "rise of China," as if China were a young country. Because the People's Republic of China (PRC) celebrated its sixtieth birthday only last October--and because the PRC was not admitted into the United Nations until 1971 and did not become a member of…
Descriptors: Prediction, Social Change, Foreign Countries, Asian History
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Angle, Stephen C. – Social Education, 2010
There is ample evidence that Confucianism is undergoing a multi-faceted revival in contemporary China. This can be seen in government slogans, in a runaway best seller on the "Analects" (the compendium of Confucius's teachings), in educational experiments, and in academic activities. The twentieth century was a bad century for…
Descriptors: Asian Culture, Confucianism, Educational Change, Foreign Countries
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Hessler, Peter; Bradeen, Ryan; Wang, Richard; Masalski, Kathleen Woods – Social Education, 2010
This article presents four stories of personal experiences of China. In "A Journey Between China's Past and Present," Peter Hessler, a former Peace Corps volunteer and author, highlights misconceptions between Chinese and Americans and the desire both peoples share for knowledge about one another. In "Life on Liberation…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Misconceptions, Personal Narratives, Cultural Differences
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Lee, Tanya – Social Education, 2010
As it becomes increasingly essential to include China in the social studies curriculum, teachers are faced with the challenges of finding appropriate, high-quality resources, and, more fundamentally, of engaging students with a culture and a place far removed from their own. Film and video can address both issues, and there is a wealth of…
Descriptors: Ideology, Documentaries, Educational Media, Foreign Countries
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Golston, Syd – Social Education, 2010
The Federal Writers' Project was an arm of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), Franklin Delano Roosevelt's massive program to put the unemployed back to work. The Writers' Project was charged with producing an extensive guidebook for each of the 48 states; and more than 6,000 local newspaper writers, novelists, poets, college professors, and…
Descriptors: United States History, Economic Climate, Structural Unemployment, Authors
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2010
In this article, the author shares her experience and her observations as a Roving Scholar of American Studies in Norway through the Norway Fulbright Foundation grant. The author visited upper secondary schools all over Norway, teaching lessons to both students and teachers on topics related to U.S. history, government, culture, and geography. She…
Descriptors: United States History, American Studies, Computers, Foreign Countries
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Adhihetty, T. J. – Social Education, 2010
Since the founding of this nation, Americans have lived by the belief that wars have laws. Even in the most morally-challenging times, the principles of international humanitarian law (IHL)--which provide basic protections for the vulnerable, such as civilians, prisoners of war, and sick and injured combatants--have been championed by leaders like…
Descriptors: United States History, War, Sensory Experience, Pain
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Simpson, Michael D. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies and history teachers should be free to expose students to controversial ideas and to teach critical thinking skills. But are they free? Do they have the constitutional right--call it academic freedom--to teach what they want and to discuss controversial issues in the classroom? The short answer is "no." In this article,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Academic Freedom, Constitutional Law, Thinking Skills
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2010
The national common educational standards and the role of citizenship education is an important issue for all social studies educators--preK through college. This article presents websites that examine the Common Core Standards Initiative's work and plans for the future and some that focus more specifically on the social studies/citizenship…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Social Studies, Teachers, National Curriculum
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Niederjohn, M. Scott; Nygard, Kim; Wood, William C. – Social Education, 2009
When highly visible lapses in ethics occur, education gets some of the blame. Principals in the U.S. subprime mortgage crisis and the Enron scandal had been educated at Harvard and other elite business schools, where professional and moral ideals had arguably been replaced by a focus on profits at the expense of ethics. A long-standing tradition…
Descriptors: Economics Education, Ethics, Social Studies, Ethical Instruction
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Social Education, 2009
Many workers are employees of companies. These workers agree to do what the companies' owners tell them to do. In return, the companies pay the employees a wage or salary. This relationship, or contract, is an example of a principal-agent agreement: The company is the principal and the worker is the agent. The principal-agent agreement is the most…
Descriptors: Employer Employee Relationship, Employees, Business, Role
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Swan, Kathleen Owings; Hofer, Mark – Social Education, 2009
A "podcast" (an amalgam of the word broadcast and the iPod digital audio player) is essentially a broadcast of digital audio files on the web that users can listen to on their computer or digital audio player (e.g., iPod). Podcasts can be automatically delivered to an iPod or computer whenever new content is available. This unique feature of…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Equipment, Audio Equipment, Information Dissemination
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Dirck, Brian – Social Education, 2009
Abraham Lincoln was the most experienced trial lawyer Americans have ever placed in the White House. While more than half of the United State's presidents have been attorneys, none possessed Lincoln's extensive courtroom experience: approximately 3,800 known cases, litigated during a quarter century at the Illinois bar. However, the law's…
Descriptors: Presidents, Lawyers, United States History, History Instruction
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2009
In this article, the author shares some of the observations he gained when he started researching soil degradation, climate change, global warming, and water quality. First, he observed that there were not many websites that focused solely on soil-related issues. Second, not very many of these would be useful to teachers because, while they…
Descriptors: Conservation (Environment), Ecology, Sustainable Development, Water
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