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ERIC Number: EJ1143590
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1535-0584
Social Studies Goes to War: An Analysis of the Pre-Induction Social Studies Curriculum of the Providence Public Schools
Blankenship, Whitney G.
American Educational History Journal, v42 n1 p65-78 2015
From the moment the United States entered World War II, public schools across the nation bombarded the Office of Education Wartime Commission requesting advice on how to mobilize schools for the war effort. American schools would rise to the occasion, implementing numerous programs including pre-induction training and the Victory Corps. The programs were established in response to the lowering of the draft age to eighteen, coupled with the need to quickly train draftees at a time when the military was overwhelmed. By 1943, the Victory Corps and pre-induction classes were established in many high schools throughout the country. The Providence Public Schools went one step further and created a social studies pre-induction curriculum for seniors. Published in 1943, the curriculum included civics, geography and history and was designed to build students' understanding of the war and their role in the war effort. The purpose of this paper is to analyze this curriculum in order to gain a better understanding of how one school district visualized the role of the social studies during wartime.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Rhode Island (Providence)
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