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 […]

Address to DESE Board, Sept. 2012

September 25, 2012   To: DESE Board From: Norm Shacochis, President, Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies (MCSS = MassCouncil)     Over the summer months, when many teachers take the opportunity to travel, hit the beach, or simply escape the constant work of the classroom, there was a group of Social Studies teachers (and […]

Braintree students vote for President and Vice President

On Monday, November 5, 2012, all K-12 Braintree students will cast their votes for President and Vice President, Senator, and Representative for the House. Each of the nine schools will participate in the vote. By early afternoon on Monday, the Braintree schools will have a winner in its own election, consisting of an electoral college […]