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 […]

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 […]

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 […]