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Freivogel, William H. – Social Education, 2011
History has placed the stamp of approval on the publication of the Pentagon Papers, the top-secret history of the Vietnam War. If WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange is another Daniel Ellsberg, then it is possible the website's disclosures will be viewed over time as similarly in the public interest. A classroom discussion on the release of…
Descriptors: United States History, Foreign Countries, War, International Relations
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Schwinn, Steven D. – Social Education, 2011
Video games today give players an unprecedented opportunity to become part of the game. They literally put players in the game. And with rapid technological improvements and endless creativity, games are only becoming more realistic. They are also becoming more violent. Today's games allow players to kill, maim, dismember, and torture victims by…
Descriptors: Video Games, Constitutional Law, Children, Youth
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Weiner, Mark S. – Social Education, 2010
At the heart of the Western intellectual tradition, particularly the value it places on the critical analysis of civic life, or social studies, lies the story of a trial. If the story of a trial lies at the root of social studies, then it comes as no surprise that many teachers find that trials can serve as excellent teaching tools, especially for…
Descriptors: Criticism, Teachers, Social Studies, Organizational Objectives
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Williams, Charles F.; Hawke, Catherine – Social Education, 2010
Of the three branches of government, the Supreme Court usually receives the least national attention. Not so this year. In addition to another changing of the guard with the retirement of Justice Stevens and the nomination of Elena Kagan, the 2009-2010 term generated a great deal of controversy. And in a number of instances, the public's keen…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Personnel Selection, Retirement, Labor Turnover
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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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West, Natalie – Social Education, 2009
The First Amendment's guarantee of an independent press that may freely collect and disseminate news is often considered the bedrock of American democracy. Yet more than a century and a half after the "New York Herald's" John Nugent became the first American reporter jailed for refusing to identify a confidential source, reporters…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Confidentiality, Democratic Values, Intellectual History
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Chaltain, Sam – Social Education, 2005
Since its founding more than 200 years ago, America has stood for the promise, if not always the practice, of freedom. On its best days, America is a nation committed to the revolutionary proposition that more freedom, not less, is the key to a vibrant, equitable, and secure democracy. However, the results of a recent national study, "The…
Descriptors: Freedom, Democracy, Constitutional Law, Censorship
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Landman, James H. – Social Education, 2005
We often hear that democracy is not a spectator sport. This is certainly true of trial by jury, a cornerstone of our democracy, which depends on the willingness of Americans from all walks of life to devote themselves to the difficult work of determining another person's guilt or innocence of a crime. But the work of those citizens selected to…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Mass Media Effects, Justice, Constitutional Law
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Williams, Charles F. – Social Education, 2005
Reactions to the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and debate over the president's replacement nomination, Judge John Roberts, Jr., of the D.C. Circuit, dominated this summer's Supreme Court recess. Subsequently, after Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist's death on September 3, 2005, President Bush nominated Roberts for the chief justice…
Descriptors: Federal Courts, Court Litigation, Judges, Opinions
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Chism, Kahlil – Social Education, 2005
This article discusses the constitutional amendment process. Although the process is not described in great detail, Article V of the United States Constitution allows for and provides instruction on amending the Constitution. While the amendment process currently consists of six steps, the Constitution is nevertheless quite difficult to change.…
Descriptors: Social Problems, War, Drinking, United States History
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Landman, James H. – Social Education, 2004
Images of heretics burning at the stake or of traitors being drawn, hanged, and quartered for disloyalty to the king seem well removed from twenty-first century America. Yet the laws that defined these offenses--which included heresy and blasphemy, sedition and treason--were at the heart of some of the most significant debates defining the shape…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, History, Foreign Countries, Laws
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Williams, Charles F. – Social Education, 2001
Focuses on the U.S. Supreme Court justices review of their participation as a group. Addresses issues examined by the Court during the 2000 term, such as the First Amendment and drug searches. Explores topics that the Court examined in 2001. Includes the article, "Teaching Activities." (CMK)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Drug Legislation, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education
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Williams, Charles F. – Social Education, 2000
Discusses various cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court during the 1999-2000 term concerning criminal law, the First Amendment, grandparent visitation, and other close cases. Includes a section featuring teaching activities and discussion questions by Michelle Parrini and Jennifer Kittlaus. (CMK)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Courts, Criminal Law, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Massie, Dorothy C. – Social Education, 1984
There are serious flaws in the claim that there is some equal balance in the nature of book protests from the left and right wings. The flaws are a failure to acknowledge distinctions that have to do with the object of the protest; its aim and eventual consequence; and its tactics. (RM)
Descriptors: Activism, Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education
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Staten, Clifford L. – Social Education, 1993
Describes a five-day instructional unit designed for seventh and eighth graders about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Points out that the individual rights in the First Amendment often conflict with the rights of the majority. Provides student questions and suggestions for resources and activities. (CFR)
Descriptors: Civics, Government Role, Governmental Structure, Grade 7
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