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Fornaciari, Jim – Social Education, 2014
The October 2013 special issue of "Social Education" dealt with almost all AP social studies subjects, but omitted AP European History. This is one of the most fascinating AP subjects for students and teachers alike. In this article, the author shares his experiences since hewas given the responsibility of building his school's Advanced…
Descriptors: Coaching (Performance), Athletic Coaches, Advanced Placement, European History
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Krutka, Daniel G. – Social Education, 2014
Waves of revolutionary actions beginning in late 2010 led to the downfall of dictatorial leaders who had been entrenched in the Arab world for decades. Everyday citizens used social media services to coordinate, communicate, expose, and respond to the oppressive forces that would crush pockets of resistance. The period known as the Arab Spring…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Technology Uses in Education
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Ellsworth, Tina M.; O'Brien, Joe; Moore, John – Social Education, 2014
How something begins can matter a lot, especially for young adults. "The circumstances under which a person enters a profession is predictive of how that person will view the profession for the rest of his or her life." The goal is for that view to be positive and long lasting for social studies educators. Can more be done to support…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, College Governing Councils
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Feinberg, Joseph R.; Doppen, Frans H.; Hollstein, Matthew S. – Social Education, 2014
When the Texas state legislature passed a law in the 1970s allowing school districts to deny enrollment or charge tuition to illegal immigrant children, the Tyler Independent School District instituted a $1,000 tuition rate for illegal immigrant children. Sixteen undocumented children from four Mexican families in Tyler filed a class-action suit…
Descriptors: Immigration, Court Litigation, Undocumented Immigrants, School Districts
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Ferrarini, Tawni Hunt; Day, Stephen – Social Education, 2014
Everyone under the age of 20 who has grown up in North America has lived in the common market created by NAFTA--the North American Free Trade Agreement. In a zone linking the United States, Canada, and Mexico, most goods and investments flow freely across borders to users, consumers, and investors. In 1994, NAFTA created the largest relatively…
Descriptors: Debate, International Trade, Regional Cooperation, Macroeconomics
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Cuenca, Alexander; Nichols, Joseph R., Jr. – Social Education, 2014
On August 9, Michael Brown, a college-bound black male, was fatally shot by a white police officer in the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. For several days, jarring images of tear gas, militarized police, and unrest in Ferguson flickered on screens across the world. Undoubtedly, what brought Ferguson to the national consciousness--the death of a…
Descriptors: Social Studies, Racial Relations, Racial Discrimination, Activism
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Totten, Samuel – Social Education, 2014
Just three years since it broke away from Sudan, the new country of South Sudan is embroiled in a violent civil war. This article examines what went wrong and why, by discussing the incredible difficulty of building a new nation from scratch following years of conflict, war, suspicion, and great expectations. How this tragedy will end is anyone's…
Descriptors: Self Determination, Nationalism, African Studies, Social Studies
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Davis, Annie – Social Education, 2014
What happens if Americans fundamental freedoms are denied or deferred? What is the ideal of freedom? Boston, Massachusetts, has long been a crucible for social, cultural, and political change. Here was the shot heard 'round the world, stronghold of abolition, home to the U.S. Colored Troops, the birthplace of American literature.... Boston is also…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Freedom, Civil Rights, Controversial Issues (Course Content)
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Kaplan, Howard – Social Education, 2014
2015 marks the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. For Americans, this iconic document is a formative element of our own legal and political heritage. This "Lessons on the Law" column offers an overview of the "Great Charter," why it is significant, and what students and teachers should know about it. The article also highlights…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Social Studies, Lesson Plans, Heritage Education
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Cohen, Mark – Social Education, 2014
If there is one thing that teenagers like to talk about when it comes to the law, it's who does and does not have the right to search their "stuff." And in the world of "stuff," there is nothing more important to average American teenagers than their cell phones. So when, in the waning days of its 2013-2014 term, the U.S.…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Telecommunications, Religion, Lesson Plans
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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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Stoddard, Jeremy – Social Education, 2014
Upon entering the social studies hallway in any middle or high school in the United States, you are likely to hear the sounds of a film or video emanating from at least one classroom. Though often perceived as a medium for low-level intellectual work, recent research has documented an increasing array of authentic and rigorous pedagogy with films.…
Descriptors: Films, Film Study, Teaching Methods, Classroom Environment
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Croddy, Marshall; Levine, Peter – Social Education, 2014
As the C3 Framework for the social studies rolls out, it is hoped that its influence will grow, offering a vision and guidance for the development of a new generation of state social studies standards that promote deeper student learning and the acquisition of essentials skills for college, career, and civic life. In the interim, it can be an…
Descriptors: Social Studies, State Standards, Guidance Programs, Civics
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Neumann, Dave – Social Education, 2013
Many teachers and scholars have written about the importance of inquiry in effective history instruction. At its core, inquiry involves student investigation of a significant historical problem. Experienced teachers, however, often reveal their skill in purposely teaching against the grain. Skilled teachers help students appreciate historical…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Teaching Methods, History, Teaching Skills
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Walker, Joel – Social Education, 2013
A. Philip Randolph, the national president of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was one of the driving forces behind the March on Washington Movement in 1941. In frustration over the federal government's lack of support for opportunities in the booming war industries and equality in the military, Randolph had begun to organize the March…
Descriptors: Case Studies, African Americans, Social Change, Unions
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