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ERIC Number: EJ782138
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0889-0293
Citizenship for the Common Good: The Contributions of Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958)
Bair, Sarah D.
International Journal of Social Education, v21 n2 p1-17 Fall 2006-Win 2007
In its 1995 definition of social studies, the National Council for the Social Studies (NC SS) explicitly identifies "citizenship for the common good" as the purpose of social studies education. The roots of this perspective can be traced to early twentieth-century educators. In their introduction to the seminal "1916 Report of the Committee on Social Studies" the authors of the report declared that the "social studies of the American high school should have for their conscious and constant purpose the cultivation of good citizenship." Between then and now there has been general agreement concerning the centrality of this purpose for social studies education, but considerably less consensus regarding what terms such as citizenship and democracy mean, or about how citizenship can best be developed in an educational context. This article examines the work of historian Mary Ritter Beard (1876-1958). A well known figure among women historians, Mary Beard has only recently been considered within the context of social studies education. Raised and educated in the Midwest, Beard married American historian Charles A. Beard in 1900 and became a leader in the American women's suffrage movement. She advocated social and economic reforms for workers, co-authored several important history textbooks with her husband, wrote a number of groundbreaking books on women's history, and worked tirelessly in the effort to develop women's archives. An historical analysis of Mary Beard's educational thought also raises important questions about the connection between women's history and citizenship. (Contains 67 notes.)
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