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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 […]

New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair

New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair This year, NERC will host the New England Social Studies Teacher Placement Job Fair on Wednesday, April 9, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The job fair will invite graduating students majoring in history and social studies education from colleges and universities to meet representatives of […]

Full STEAM Ahead?

Is your school or district looking ever more intensely at STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) centric course offerings with Common Core overtones? Has the art department begun their argument that it should be called STEAM because the arts, after all, are at the center of creativity. Are social studies offerings falling outside the “preferred” list? […]

Jobs

Sometimes I wonder what’s wrong with professional movie critics. I see a terrific film and assume it will get good reviews and sometimes that happens, but not with this film. Now I’ll admit that I’m an Apple afficionado. That’s all I’ve had since 1986, Macs, IPods, IPads, IPhones, anything that Steve Jobs was a part […]

The Butler as I See It

I just read Norm’s description/critique of The Butler and I agree with most of what he says. But I would like to emphasize that the film is so much more than what happened to one family. Many of us lived through the Civil Rights Eras of the 50’s and 60’s and all the events that […]

The Butler is Powerful

Recently saw The Butler and enjoyed it immensely. I went in expecting it to be more of an expose of what went on in the White House “behind closed doors” but was pleased to find that the primary story was that of Cecil Gaines and his family. We focus on the politics of Washington DC […]