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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 […]

C3 Framework Holds Great Promise and Potential

At the recent St. Louis NCSS National Conference, the major initiative of the conference was the unveiling of and enthusiasm for the new College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards: State Guidance for Enhancing the Rigor of K-12 Civics, Economics, Geography, and History This initiative is the result of exhaustive […]

November 19 marks anniversary of President Lincoln’s address at Gettysburg

Can you answer these questions??? Read each question carefully! President Lincoln began his address at Gettysburg with “Four score and seven years ago.” How many years make a score? How many years make four score? What is the total number of years to make four score and seven years? What event was President Lincoln referring […]

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy

The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Assassination of PRESIDENT JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY November 22, 1963 – November 22, 2013 Understandably, the topic of President Kennedy’s presidency and assassination may not have direct connections to what you are currently teaching in your classes at this point in time in the school year. However, for those teachers who […]

Sharing Local History?

Do your students sing “Jingle Bells” as the snow starts to fly? Do you have a plaque in your town like this one in Medford, MA? Natick, MA, where I live, has one for a small cobbler shop commemorating Vice President Henry Wilson. There’s a middle school named after him, too, I think. Do your […]