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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 […]

YouTube in the Classroom

With the announcement of the release of 85,000 videos to YouTube by the British Documentary Film company, Pathé the question of districts blocking YouTube in classrooms takes on a new importance. YouTube has many videos which are of significant value for classroom use in many subjects, but this release of important historical documentary videos is […]

A Tribute to Teachers

Picked up from The Washington Post, here is piece from the blog of Sarah Blaine, a parent, now a practicing attorney but previously a teacher:   We all know what teachers do, right? After all, we were all students. Each one of us, each product of public education, we each sat through class after class […]

The Social Studies Teacher as a Political Activist

On Friday, January 17th  I convinced my wife to accompany me to New Bedford to participate in a rally at City Hall to protest the decision by the school superintendent and the mayor to classify New Bedford High School as a “Turnaround” school. For starters, that was not easy. Lynne (my wife) doesn’t like the cold and […]

O’Reilly’s “Killing…” works

I was reluctant to pick up any of the works authored by Fox Network’s Bill O’Reilly over the years for I am not on the same page politically with Mr. O’Reilly. I do find him personally to be very comfortable to listen to when he is on other programs, but on his own I have […]

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013

Yesterday, December 5, 2013, a human rights activist and former President of South Africa (1994-1999), Nelson Mandela, passed away at the age of 95. He was a transformative figure for he held the long fight against racial prejudice in South Africa. His involvement in attempting to overthrow the pro-apartheid (a system of dividing or segregating […]