Address to DESE Board, Sept. 2012

September 25, 2012   To: DESE Board From: Norm Shacochis, President, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS = MassCouncil)     Over the summer months, when many teachers take the opportunity to travel, hit the beach, or simply escape the constant work of the classroom, there was a group of Social Studies teachers (and […]

Braintree students vote for President and Vice President

On Monday, November 5, 2012, all K-12 Braintree students will cast their votes for President and Vice President, Senator, and Representative for the House. Each of the nine schools will participate in the vote. By early afternoon on Monday, the Braintree schools will have a winner in its own election, consisting of an electoral college […]

Ethics and the Vietnam War: The Quandary of Ethical Judgement in Historical Analysis

Editor: June Coutu (October 13, 2012) — remove this line before publishing. This was a paper I wrote for my Master’s in History for UMASS Boston. I believe that not only does it shed light on U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, but the paper also discusses the problems of ethical judgement in the analysis […]

Teaching the 1960s

Professional Development Workshop for Teachers Date: Saturday, September 29, 2012 Location: Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Cost: $35 per person, including all materials and lunch Contact: Steve Armstrong Steph17895@aol.com Explore the dynamic decade of the 1960s at “ground zero for peace and love,” the historic site of the 1969 Woodstock festival. Bethel Woods Center […]

Business and History: Learning about China!

What comes to mind when you think of China? Google? The Silk Road? Gore Vidal? Herman Cain? Whatever your motivation for increasing your knowledge of the world’s most populated nation, the China History Podcast will not disappoint. Last spring, as I was preparing to teach a unit on modern Chinese history, I was fortunate to […]

Janet Applefield–Holocaust Survivor

For the fourth annual year, Lakeview Junior High School’s 7th grade students (Lakeview is located in Dracut, Massachusetts)  had the opportunity to hear the story of Janet Singer Applefield, a Holocaust survivor, on May 16th.    Mrs. Applefield was born in Cracow, Poland on June 4, 1935 and was only four years old when the Germans […]

Nuclear War and Nuclear Energy: Connecting Past and Present

By Lauren Arvidson Hingham High School 3-23-2012 With the recent one year anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear crisis in Japan, I integrated discussion of these events with my World History and US History lessons on nuclear weapons and the end of World War II. My interest in these current events in […]