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Lo, Jane C. – Social Education, 2018
Differences of opinion are inherent in controversial issues, because controversy arises when reasonable people disagree about the best way to reach a solution to a problem. However, social studies teachers tend to shy away from disagreements because they want to avoid upsetting students or parents by bringing up controversial topics in the…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Controversial Issues (Course Content), History, Social Studies
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Healy, Shawn; Dobson, L. Douglas; Kyser, Janis; Herczog, Michelle M.; Genzer, Debbie – Social Education, 2014
Civic learning for all students seems like a reasonable and important aim for all schools to achieve. If we believe that the future of our American democracy depends on a citizenry that is informed, engaged, and responsible, what better place to create future citizens than in schools? The Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools…
Descriptors: State Policy, State Action, Civics, Institutional Mission
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Kite-Powell, Rodney – Social Education, 2013
Produced by cartographers of many nations over the course of six centuries, maps detailing Florida and the North American continent tell tales of exploration, conflict, and change. Before 1492, Europeans were unaware of what existed on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. That reality is illustrated quite well on two maps that show the…
Descriptors: United States History, North Americans, Foreign Countries, Maps
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Cruz, Barbara C. – Social Education, 2013
In April 2013, Florida will commemorate Juan Ponce de Leon's historic voyage. Yet Ponce de Leon's arrival was, in several important ways, not just the beginning of Spain's presence in Florida, but in North America as a whole. Today, the historical Spanish influence on America is palpable--in culture, language, politics, and more. This year marks…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, United States History, Navigation, History Instruction
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Berson, Ilene R.; Berson, Michael J.; Manfra, Meghan McGlinn – Social Education, 2012
The release of Apple's iPad was met with great enthusiasm by educators and schools. Yet, if this new technology is retrofitted to traditional teaching activities its full potential will go unrealized. The presence of iPads alone will not generate transformative educational experiences in the social studies; however, the appropriation of the device…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Studies, Teaching Methods, Elementary School Teachers
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McCullagh, Mary T. – Social Education, 2012
Many years ago, Christopher Columbus High School opened a chapter of Rho Kappa, the Social Studies Honor Society developed through the Florida Council for the Social Studies (FCSS). As department chair and member of FCSS, the author was thrilled to be able to offer their students opportunities in the Honor Society for the Social Studies. They…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Honor Societies, National Organizations, Citizen Participation
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Jones, Megan – Social Education, 2011
In late December of 1951, a news story out of Mims, Florida, shocked the nation. The story contained elements of prejudice, discrimination, injustice, lynching, rape, bombings, and murder. The story not only made headlines across the country, but also the world. On the evening of December 25, a bomb was placed under the floor joists of the bedroom…
Descriptors: African Americans, Civil Rights, Labor, Unions
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Pitts, Annette Boyd; Dziuban, Charles; Cornett, Jeffrey W. – Social Education, 2011
Throughout the world, today's students are being characterized as digital natives, the "net generation." This twenty-first-century student cohort is adept at multi-tasking and at using a variety of tools and resources including electronic search engines, blogs, wikis, visual images, videos, gaming platforms, and social networking.…
Descriptors: Grouping (Instructional Purposes), Population Groups, Group Unity, Influence of Technology
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Nelson, Jack L. – Social Education, 2010
Academic freedom is the freedom to inquire--to study, learn, teach, express, and debate ideas. Academic freedom is essential to education in a democracy, a professional responsibility of teachers, and the fundamental purpose for social education. These ideas occur in the traditional education literature. Academic freedom is not just a professional…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Academic Freedom, Democracy, Social Studies