ERIC Number: EJ725389
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 15
Women Who Passed the Torch of Freedom
Christensen, Lois McFadyen
Social Studies, v96 n3 p99 May-Jun 2005
The overarching goal of the social studies curriculum is to promote civic competence and to develop students' ability to make informed and reasoned decisions as citizens in a diverse and democratic society within an interdependent world. Philosophically, citizenship is the goal of social studies. Involvement in social action is the key for young citizens to demonstrate that they have an understanding of the many faces of citizenship. As teachers develop and implement social studies curriculum, it is critical to accept and model the philosophical tenets and goals of the social studies within their classrooms. To promote democratic and pluralistic ideals, it is essential to study courageous role models in the elementary social studies curriculum. Social studies educators have an obligation to promote social justice education by providing a curriculum that educates, offers opportunities to practice social justice, and prompts students to rethink cultural and social stereotypes. Furthermore, teachers need to challenge students to evaluate terms that provoke gender-related barriers, prejudices, and stereotypical gender role conceptions. In this article, the lives of three women are discussed. The women include: (1) Charlotte Hawkins Brown; (2) Jesse Daniel Ames; and (3) Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Their lives and stories made a difference in history and can affect the lives of today's students by bringing the social studies curriculum to life.
Descriptors: Social Action, Role Models, Democracy, Citizenship, Social Studies, Females, African Americans, Leaders, Elementary School Curriculum, Justice, Freedom, Civil Rights, History
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States