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 […]

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 […]

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 […]