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Griffin, Susan – Social Education, 2016
Alarmed by the possibility of social studies being overlooked in this context of new national disciplinary standards, National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Campaign for the Civic Mission of Schools convened a meeting of 15 national organizations representing civics, economics, geography, and history, to begin a conversation about…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Social Studies, National Organizations, Common Core State Standards
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Duncan, Arne – Social Education, 2011
Social studies teachers live with the unintended consequences of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act every day. They understand that the law has created flawed incentives for states and school districts to narrow their curricula to English and math. This fundamentally misguided practice leaves out core disciplines that are essential to a…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Democracy, Social Studies, School Districts
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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
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Mitsakos, Charles L.; Ackerman, Ann T. – Social Education, 2009
Schools in the late sixties and early seventies had many options and were engaged in implementing a variety of programs rooted in the social science disciplines with effective pedagogy drawn from social studies educators. With the implementation of the "No Child Left Behind" Act, one can observe the drastic changes made in the way social…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Innovation, Scores
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Jackson, Peggy S.; Hinde, Elizabeth R.; Haas, Nancy S. – Social Education, 2008
Civic education in public schools faces major challenges. Under No Child Left Behind, many schools have favored teaching math and English rather than civics, which undermines one of the purposes of public schools--to educate students to be responsible and active citizens in democracy. A second challenge comes inside the classroom: engaging the…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Citizenship Education, United States History, Constitutional Law
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Grant, S. G. – Social Education, 2007
Although largely left out of the No Child Left Behind legislation, social studies remains a frequently tested subject on state-level standardized exams. As of 2004, 23 states conducted standards-based social studies tests, 10 of which could be considered high stakes. Where social studies will fit into the national testing picture is uncertain, but…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Testing, High Stakes Tests, Social Studies
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O'Connor, Katherine A.; Heafner, Tina; Groce, Eric – Social Education, 2007
This article illustrates the efforts of educators in North Carolina to advocate for the social studies in an age of high-stakes assessment and tight budgets. Although this story begins with one state, the marginalization of social studies in elementary schools is a nationwide problem. The federal No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) is due for…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Social Studies, Elementary Education, Advocacy
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Risinger, C. Frederick – Social Education, 2006
In this article, the author deplores how the No Child Left Behind Act has caused schools throughout the nation to dramatically reduce the number of curriculum hours for science, art, music, and history and social studies. The author contends that there is nothing wrong with these standards but he observes how teachers are being threatened by NCLB…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Standardized Tests, Internet, Web Sites
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Levitsky, Ron – Social Education, 2006
In this article, the author reflects on the current state of teaching social studies in classrooms. The author observes that it is wrong to regard the teaching of social studies as something unimportant. He also observes how the No Child Left Behind Act is exacerbating the current situation of social studies pedagogy as it only requires testing of…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Teaching Methods, Social Studies, History Instruction