Summer’s Wonderful Baltic Cruise has History Lesson

My wife and I, along with 3 other couples, all dear friends, cruised the Baltic Sea this past July. We had 12 days of ideal weather and enjoyed all the ship’s amenities (Celebrity Cruise lines – highly recommended). Our ports were Amsterdam, Rostock, Stockholm, Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Talinn, and Copenhagen. All were beautiful and really […]

NCSS National Convention Coming to Boston in 2014

NCSS National Conference Update   November 21-23, 2014 seems a long way off, but yet for the NCSS National Convention and those dates in Boston, it is right around the corner. The Conference’s theme is Let Freedom Ring! The Civic Mission of Our Schools and NCSS has already contracted with the Hynes Convention Center and […]

NERC Awards Nominations Requested

Now is the Time! For what? To nominate your colleagues for MCSS Awards to be presented at NERC. Check out the Awards section on the home page of the MCSS website for all the necessary information and categories. We are the best judges of our own outstanding educators. We see them every day. Why not […]

NY Times Article Supports SS Education in Powerful Tone

  In Ignorance We Trust By TIMOTHY EGAN   A packet of letters arrived the other day from the honors English class at St. Lawrence School in Brasher Falls, N.Y. Snail mail, from high school sophomores? Yes, and honest, witty and insightful snail mail at that. They had been forced to read a book of mine. […]

Generation Citizen Day at State House

December 12, 2012 – a day that was unique for many reasons, one being that it was Generation Citizen Day at the State House in Massachusetts. 300+ students gathered in the Great Hall of Flags in 2 different sessions to showcase their projects, discuss with judges their research work, plans, and reasons that the problems […]

Frightening Text Books and Curricula

Last year (Dec 2011) when I attended the NCSS National Conference in Washington DC, one of the workshops I sat in on was on the topic of what was being done to Social Studies curricula across the nation, especially now that very little federal attention was being paid to SS and especially History course construction. […]

Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is stunning

I always told my students that ‘History happened to people’ – I did not want them to lose sight of the fact that as we studied History, whether World, US, or regional, we were looking at real people who were just like we were. Silly, tired, angry, happy, depressed, optimistic, pessimistic…all of the above and […]