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July 27, 2009

What Should an Exceptional History and Social Studies Teacher Know and Be Able to Do?

The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards is seeking public comment on revised standards for certification of accomplished history and social studies teachers.

July 09, 2009

Texas Panelists Question Minority Heroes in Curriculum

Some members of a panel convened by the Texas school board have suggested that minority historical figures get too much coverage in the social studies curriculum.

July 07, 2009

Goldwater Institute: High School Graduates Should Have to Pass Civics Test

U.S. students know less about U.S. history and civics than people who apply to become citizens of this country, according to a study by the Phoenix-based Goldwater Institute.

June 25, 2009

The Census Count Is On

Workers from the 2010 U.S. Census are preparing to canvass neighborhoods and crunch numbers as part of the once-a-decade survey that gives us an official headcount of the nation’s population, not to mention that of cities, states, and other jurisdictions. It’s a process that determines how congr...

June 22, 2009

U.S. History Textbooks' Omissions

Because of what is missing from U.S. history textbooks, history teachers should ensure that their students understand their textbook's interpretation of events is only one possible perspective on what happened, concludes Michael H. Romanowski in a study of how those texts present the topics of the ...

April 07, 2009

Resource: PBS Series on Native Americans Starts April 13

A number of states require schools to teach all students about Native American tribes in their states, but few states support such requirements with a line item in their budgets. So teachers glean resources to teach about Native Americans wherever they can. One possible resource for the classroom i...

March 19, 2009

Federal Lawmakers Pushing History, Civics

When he's not jabbing President Obama for making public his NCAA tournament picks, Sen. Lamar Alexander is introducing legislation aimed at improving the teaching of U.S. history. Alexander, a former U.S. secretary of education, is sponsoring legislation that would sponsor 100 new summer academies f...

March 17, 2009

Students See Value in History-Writing Venue

It is difficult to figure why some education ventures attract impressive financial and political support, while others flounder despite their value to the field. For years, I've written about The Concord Review and the really amazing history- research papers it publishes from high school authors/sch...

February 12, 2009

Where in the World Is Democracy?

Take a guess at which countries in the world are "not free." Among them are China, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Sudan, according to the Map of Freedom that is part of a new Web site, Democracy Web. And which countries would you put in the column of "free?" The Map of Freedom says that Argentina, India, Mon...

February 05, 2009

Black History Month

A friend of mine who works at one of the District of Columbia's public libraries tells me that February is the most important month at her library because it's Black History Month.The library schedules special programs to feature African-Americans. So since I'm new to the curriculum beat here at Edu...

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