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December 16, 2010

Karl Marx, Founding Father? Survey Shows Knowledge Gaps

Forty-two percent of adults identified a phrase popularized by the author of "The Communist Manifesto" as coming from one of America's founding documents.

December 03, 2010

After Backlash, N.C. Expands High School U.S. History Requirements

In face of earlier criticism, the final social studies standards require students to take two U.S. history courses covering all major periods.

November 09, 2010

Reading Roundup: How Much Are Students Really Learning?

Had enough talk about the election? Here are a few things to consider that have nothing to do with last week's events, all brought to you by teachers: • Revisit the question of whether social studies gets squeezed out of the curriculum by math and English language arts, since No Child Left Beh...

October 25, 2010

Why Students Don't Write Research Papers in High School

Recent papers and discussions explore high school students' weak skills in writing and research.

October 20, 2010

History Textbook Draws Fire for Assertion on Black Confederate Soldiers

The assertion regarding African Americans is rejected by most historians.

October 04, 2010

What Do Social Studies Teachers REALLY Think?

In general, high school social studies teachers in the United States say students should learn to respect and appreciate their country, but know its shortcomings.

September 27, 2010

Texas Board Adopts Measure on Religious Bias in Textbooks

The Texas state board of education narrowly adopted a nonbinding resolution warning textbook publishers from promoting an "anti-Christian/pro-Islamic" bias in classroom materials.

September 24, 2010

Texas State Board Debates Resolution on 'Pro-Islamic' Bias in Textbooks

The Texas resolution appeared to have the backing of at least several social conservatives on the state board of education.

September 17, 2010

Criticism of Texas Social Studies Standards Overblown, Analyst Says

The new Texas social studies standards are "for the most part conventional and inclusive," despite the controversy, an analyst concludes.

September 15, 2010

GED: A College Pathway That Few Complete

It's pretty well established by now that despite its nickname, the GED is not a "high school equivalency test." Young people who earn a General Educational Development certificate don't fare as well in earnings or in postsecondary education as those who graduate from high school. But now a new stu...

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