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Ethnic Studies: Tell the Truth or Promote Ignorance

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

If the truth about who we are and what we've done makes people angry, do we really soothe that anger by covering up the truth?

'Communist Indoctrination' High School Worksheets Sparks Outrage

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa is receiving criticism for one class assignment on the Cold War. Based on a worksheet handed out in a social...

Middle School Social Studies Teacher Sees Lessons In Teaching Own Play

AP | By DORIE TURNER | Posted 02.01.2012 | Education

ATLANTA -- Playwright Margaret Edson talks proudly about her Pulitzer Prize and her work appearing on Broadway, but she's the most animated when she d...

History Hip Hop Visits Harvard

Matt Weber | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Matt Weber

They are both history teachers, but not in the way you might think. Rather than chalkboard and textbook, their tools of trade are hip hop and song... and these two 20-somethings are beginning to make social studies more sociable.

Slavery and the Law Takes an Honest Look at Our History

Alan Singer | Posted 01.08.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Slavery and the Law documents the creation of a mural by Brooklyn teenagers, interweaving their journey with an examination of the legal status of enslaved Africans in Colonial America up until the American Civil Rights Movement.

The Help: A Teacher's Guide

Gary Stager | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Some of your secondary school students have read The Help and many more will have seen this summer's film adaptation. This creates a critical teachable moment for educators.

Do We Treat History Like a Dead Language?

Adora Svitak | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education
Adora Svitak

History is made every day. The challenge is getting everyone to pay attention to it.

Gay History Bill Headed To California Governor

AP | JUDY LIN | Posted 09.04.2011 | Los Angeles

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to in...

Social Studies Fail Again, With Help From Secretary Duncan

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Mr. Duncan's basic understanding of what test-based reforms are doing to individual schools and school systems is, to borrow an Internet meme, an epic fail.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

Social Studies Get the Short End of the Stick, Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Because the federal government does not mandate history and social studies assessments and does not monitor the scores, New York is free to lower the standards in these areas.

Teaching About Events in the Middle East: Lesson Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

As events in the Middle East rapidly unfold, teachers have asked me for ideas to help them teach about what is taking place in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen. This is a suggested lesson plan.

Fran Lebowitz goes Public

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

She speaks truth to power - or at least to silly pretension - with aplomb and fearlessness. Mice, however, are another matter for Fran Lebowitz. It'...

Sustainability and the Social Studies

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

If educators take time to promote a caring school climate as they do with meeting various achievement benchmarks, then advancing moral and ethical dialogue would not seem like a huge stretch for students.

Long Island Teachers Are Perplexed and Angry

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

No one is going to jeopardize his or her bonus or job to teach topics that are not being tested.

Can Social Studies Deliver Us from Insanity?

Shaun Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Through social studies education, it may be possible for us to prepare young people for a renewed democratic dialogue before cynicism and apathy, or by chance anger, take over.

History's Not History Yet

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

You would expect the members of the New York Board of Regents to have some experience with and commitment to public education. Well, they don't.

Reading and Writing and 'Rithmetic

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

The Texas Board of Education has added to the study of evolution a requirement that delighted those who have long been troubled by the whole idea of evolution and who are, themselves, living proof that evolution does not occur in all humans.

Life Is Still a Cabaret , Vow Feinstein, Jackson

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

One such just-shuttered cabaret evening, which will quickly be revived for three nights (June 25-7) has boldly popped up in an unlikely sophisticated nitery, Feinstein's at Loews Regency.