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Bryant, James A., Jr. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2005
Social studies and history have taken a back seat to other subjects in recent years, but the author argues that there is far too much at stake to allow these important fields to become irrelevant. To drive home the point, in this article, he shares a story about the 9/11 Commission, that made headlines in 2004.
Descriptors: History, History Instruction, Social Studies, Terrorism
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2005
This article explores the drafting of the United States Constitution. The United States Constitution is the longest-lasting written national constitution in the world. Its four parchment pages serve as the blueprint for a government under which more than 290 million Americans live. It holds great significance for the American people and for others…
Descriptors: Archives, United States History, Constitutional Law, United States Government (Course)
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Chism, Kahlil – Social Education, 2005
This article discusses the constitutional amendment process. Although the process is not described in great detail, Article V of the United States Constitution allows for and provides instruction on amending the Constitution. While the amendment process currently consists of six steps, the Constitution is nevertheless quite difficult to change.…
Descriptors: Social Problems, War, Drinking, United States History
Douglas, Charles G., III; Komer, Richard D. – Milton & Rose D. Friedman Foundation, 2004
Does a "school choice" program, under which state funds are disbursed on a neutral basis to parents in the form of a voucher to defray the cost of sending their children to a school of their choice, run afoul of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or of the New Hampshire Constitution? No. A…
Descriptors: School Choice, Religion, Constitutional Law, Educational Vouchers
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Stotsky, Sandra – Academic Questions, 2004
It's unsettling to hear of credentialed school teachers who--ignorant of our principles and of so much more--are seduced by, and pass on, ludicrous and even subversive accounts of our history. Sandra Stotsky tells of curricula that equate white Americans with Nazis and of officials who discredit the Constitution as a license for slavery. She…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Slavery, Educational Change, Teachers
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Landman, James H. – Social Education, 2004
Images of heretics burning at the stake or of traitors being drawn, hanged, and quartered for disloyalty to the king seem well removed from twenty-first century America. Yet the laws that defined these offenses--which included heresy and blasphemy, sedition and treason--were at the heart of some of the most significant debates defining the shape…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, History, Foreign Countries, Laws
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Gutierrez, Kathrine J.; Green, Preston C., III – Journal of Educational Administration, 2004
The Supreme Court of the USA explains when universities may use race-based admissions policies without violating the Equal Protection Clause of the US Constitution. These rulings raise important ethical issues for universities that are presently using race as a consideration in their admissions decisions. This paper discusses some of the ethical…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, Ethics, College Admission, Racial Factors
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Miller, Katrina R. – Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 2004
The entire deaf prison population in the state of Texas formed the basis for this research. The linguistic skills of prison inmates were assessed using the following measures: (1) Kannapell's categories of bilingualism, (2) adaptation of the diagnostic criteria for Primitive Personality Disorder, (3) reading scores on the Test of Adult Basic…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Deafness, Institutionalized Persons, Communication Disorders
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Beck, George – American Indian Culture and Research Journal, 2004
The phrase "excluding Indians not taxed" appears in both Article I and the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution. This essay examines the phrases "excluding Indians not taxed" and "subject to the jurisdiction" of sections 1 and 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment as they apply to Indians. This essay, through analysis…
Descriptors: Federal Legislation, Constitutional Law, American Indians, Tribes
Ancheta, Angelo N. – 2003
This paper explains how upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions in Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger are expected to broadly affect the future of race-conscious affirmative action. In these cases, the Supreme Court addresses the constitutionality of admissions policies at the University of Michigan designed to promote educational diversity…
Descriptors: Affirmative Action, College Admission, Constitutional Law, Diversity (Student)
Gryphon, Marie – 2003
In 2002, the Supreme court upheld an Ohio school choice program designed to help children leave Cleveland's failing public schools. This paper explains the history of the Cleveland program upheld in Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, describing the rules that the Supreme Court established for school choice. It includes examples and strategy to help…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Private Schools, Religious Education
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Washington, DC. – 2003
The guiding principle behind President George W. Bush's Faith-Based and Community Initiative is that faith-based charities should be able to compete on an equal footing for public dollars to provide public services. President Bush believes that the federal government, within the framework of U.S. Constitutional church-state guidelines, should…
Descriptors: Church Role, Community Organizations, Cooperative Programs, Federal Government
White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Washington, DC. – 2003
Despite efforts by the federal and state governments to battle social distress, there are many people who still suffer from poverty and despair. People are calling out for help. For years, faith-based and community groups have been assisting these people and others in need. The federal government has not often been a willing partner to these…
Descriptors: Church Role, Community Organizations, Cooperative Programs, Federal Government
National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC. – 2003
In 1951 Robert Russa Moton High School in Prince Edward County, Virginia was typical of the all-black schools in the central Virginia county. It housed twice as many students as it was built for in 1939, its teachers were paid less than teachers at the all-white high school, and it had no gymnasium, cafeteria, or auditorium with fixed seats. In…
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Black History, Blacks, Civil Rights
Patrick, John J. – 2003
The year 2003 marks the bicentennial of the 1803 Treaty of France, by which the United States of America acquired the Louisiana Territory, an area of more than 828,000 square miles. Upon this acquisition, known as the Louisiana Purchase, the territory of the United States doubled. Historians consider the Louisiana Purchase to be a landmark event…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Elementary Secondary Education, Geography, History Instruction
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