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ERIC Number: EJ1059311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 82
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7996
"They're Always over Us"--Teaching about Drones
Pearcy, Mark
Social Studies, v106 n3 p126-137 2015
Social studies teachers have an obligation to help students grapple with and thoughtfully examine controversial issues, often in a contemporary context. One such issue is the U.S. use of unmanned aerial vehicles, generally known as drones. Whether for surveillance purposes or military missions, the use of drones by the U.S. government has preceded the development of clearly articulated policy guidelines. This article examines the use of drones in U.S. policy, the argument for and against their deployment, and the manner in which social studies educators may effectively teach their students about such a complex, challenging topic. Toward that end, the article also advocates for the use of an ethical and analytical framework, the "just war" doctrine, which can assist students in critiquing how drones are used, under what conditions, and the social impact that may entail.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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