Participate in Mass Council’s Legislative Day at the State House on Wednesday, March 29, 2017!

The Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (Mass Council) recently held a Legislative Day to advocate, promote, and support social studies education in our public, private, and charter schools at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Twenty educators (both active and retired), college/university faculty, and interested stakeholders scheduled and met with over 35 […]

Reaction to the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

After taking some time for my own reflection on the historic political events that have occurred this past week, I thought I would share some articles and remind you with some sage advice: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/teachers-lounge-teaching-politics-in-the-age-of-trump/ http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2016/11/11/501604685/teaching-after-trump You can remind students about the fundamental principles of limited government, separation of powers, and system of checks and balances; […]

Maps, Maps and More Maps

Here comes a reason to actually use that fancy projector the tech staff had installed in your classroom. Go to the library if you don’t yet have one. The David Rumsey Map Collection is online, ready for you to use freely. This link goes to an article about the release of the collection, but go […]

Bridge of Spies is a Time-Piece!

We have all seen period films and realize that their historical accuracy often leaves much to be desired. Having just viewed Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies recently, I fully recognize that there were some liberties taken with events, dialogue, and so on. However… a huge “However”… this film does not take liberties at all in the […]

The Boys in the Boat

Author Daniel James Brown met Joe Rantz only in the last weeks of Joe’s life, but asked Joe and his daughter if he could write Joe’s story. Joe said no, but that he could write the story of all the boys in the boat, the crew team from the University of Washington which developed its […]

Social Studies Education in Crisis

The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s decision to indefinitely suspend the History and Social Science MCAS in 2009 has placed social studies education in a high risk of marginalization in K-12 public school districts across the Commonwealth. The problem has only exacerbated with increased emphases of English language arts and mathematics in the […]

History and social studies remain an academic core subject in the Boston Public Schools says Interim Superintendent McDonough

Dear Friends, Below is an official response from John McDonough, Interim Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, pertaining to online rumors that Boston Public Schools was eliminating the History and Social Studies department: There is a lot of misinformation circulating online and I want to set the record straight. History and Social Studies is remaining […]