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 […]

Ethics and the Vietnam War: The Quandary of Ethical Judgement in Historical Analysis

Editor: June Coutu (October 13, 2012) — remove this line before publishing. This was a paper I wrote for my Master’s in History for UMASS Boston. I believe that not only does it shed light on U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, but the paper also discusses the problems of ethical judgement in the analysis […]

Sandra Day O’Connor Civics Education Website worth checking out

I recently explored the iCivics website that retired SC Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has been instrumental in promoting. Her concern about the lack of education taking place in Social Studies and specifically about government and how it works and the role as citizens we must take is a concern we all share. We share it […]

Mass. Senate Special Commission on Civic Education

Headed by Senator Richard Moore, the Special Commission on Civic Education has met several times and will meet next on Sept. 10, 2012. Bob Kostka, MCSS Immediate Past President, and Norm Shacochis, MCSS President, are members of this Commission. The goals of the Commission are: 1. Construct a usable, working definition of civic engagement & […]

Business and History: Learning about China!

What comes to mind when you think of China? Google? The Silk Road? Gore Vidal? Herman Cain? Whatever your motivation for increasing your knowledge of the world’s most populated nation, the China History Podcast will not disappoint. Last spring, as I was preparing to teach a unit on modern Chinese history, I was fortunate to […]

Zoot Suit Riot lesson is a good one

In the latest issue [May/June 2012] of Social Education (NCSS periodical) there is a terrific lesson on the Sleepy Lagoon Case & the Zoot Suit Riots. The lesson is clearly structured and organized for you and is set up in an intriguing format. “If you choose …” options, get different students to take different paths. […]