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ERIC Number: EJ833293
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar-11
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0277-4232
Great Depression a Timely Class Topic
Zehr, Mary Ann
Education Week, v28 n24 p1, 14-15 Mar 2009
This article reports that a number of history and social studies teachers have found that because of the parallels they're able to draw between the current economic crisis and the Great Depression, their students are seeing that history is relevant. They're engaging more deeply in history lessons than they have in previous years. The teachers say they have brought new energy to their lessons about the Great Depression and the recovery efforts of that time, and in many cases have devoted more class time to them than usual. The Great Depression was a worldwide economic slump that occurred in the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929 and ended in the late 1930s or early 1940s, depending on the country. In the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt devised a series of programs, called the New Deal, that included economic stimulus, social-safety-net policies, and new regulatory structures designed to reform the nation's economic and social systems and put unemployed Americans back to work. Teachers are comparing and contrasting the causes of the Great Depression and the current recession, as well as the New Deal and the recent stimulus package and other government responses to today's crisis. Teaching about the Great Depression period is standard fare in American schools at the secondary level.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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