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Dotts, Brian W. – Democracy & Education, 2015
Jefferson believed that citizenship must exhibit republican virtue. While education was necessary in a republican polity, it alone was insufficient in sustaining a revolutionary civic spirit. This paper examines Jefferson's expectations for citizen virtue, specifically related to militia and jury service in his "little republics."…
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Educational Philosophy, Intellectual History
Chenoweth, Eric – Albert Shanker Institute, 2013
Albert Shanker (1928-1997) is known mainly for his successful struggle to obtain collective bargaining for teachers, his leadership of teacher unions, and his championship of education reform. Shanker built large and powerful city, state, and national unions of teachers and other public employees that still stand as models both for union democracy…
Descriptors: Unions, Educational Change, Public Education, Collective Bargaining
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2012
On Monday, September 17, 1787, 39 delegates to the Federal Convention in Philadelphia signed the Constitution of the United States, along with Major William Jackson, who had served as the secretary of the Convention. That same day, Jackson received instructions to leave for New York City on Tuesday and carry the document to Congress. All of these…
Descriptors: Archives, Conferences (Gatherings), Position Papers, United States History
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2011
"Difficult" or "challenging" topics to teach include racism, violence, genocide, bullying, gangs, abuse (physical, emotional, and substance), slavery, suffering, hatred, terrorism, war, disease, loss, addiction, and more. But by confronting them with students, in the safety of a classroom through thoughtfully constructed lessons (ones that take…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Government Publications, Teaching Methods, World History
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Barbieri, Kim E. – Social Education, 2011
Graphic organizers are immensely popular--and much utilized--in many classrooms, particularly at the elementary level. These creative and innovate teaching tools are a very effective addition to the teaching repertoire and may be designed to maximize precious class time. For the secondary social studies teacher, their instant appeal and universal…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Instructional Materials, Social Studies, Secondary School Teachers
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Greenhut, Stephanie – Social Education, 2011
When Americans from the eastern part of the United States began moving west in large numbers in the mid-nineteenth century, tensions escalated and conflicts erupted between and among settlers, railroad workers, ranchers, the United States military, and numerous Native American tribes. Incorporating balanced consideration of these diverse and…
Descriptors: United States History, Ownership, American Indian History, Archives
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Kirkwood-Tucker, Toni Fuss – Social Education, 2011
Eleanor Roosevelt's support of African American rights was one of the highlights of her activities as first lady. Her fearless advocacy for justice pulled her into political controversies that were unprecedented for the wife of a president. The first lady's initiatives in support of the rights of African Americans offer students an excellent…
Descriptors: Social Justice, African Americans, United States History, Daughters
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Feurzeig, Wallace; Papert, Seymour A. – Interactive Learning Environments, 2011
Formal mathematical methods remain, for most high school students, mysterious, artificial and not a part of their regular intuitive thinking. The authors develop some themes that could lead to a radically new approach. According to this thesis, the teaching of programming languages as a regular part of academic progress can contribute effectively…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Programming Languages, Academic Achievement, Heuristics
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Hussey, Michael; Greenhut, Stephanie – Social Education, 2011
This article features two documents which can serve as a starting point for a lesson on public service while students debate the amount of pay that public servants should receive. These are: (1) the printed draft of the Constitution showing George Washington's handwritten corrections that eliminated state payments and included the phrase "to be…
Descriptors: Public Service, Compensation (Remuneration), Constitutional Law, United States History
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Hussey, Michael – Social Education, 2011
On January 3, 1909, Emily Hamilton and Louis Overstreet wrote to President Theodore Roosevelt begging his "leave to work under your Committee for the relief of the sufferers of Italy." The two were engaged and were willing to rush their marriage plans if the president needed them. Their letter was prompted by the powerful earthquake that…
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Foreign Countries, Presidents, Emergency Programs
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Jones, Megan – Social Education, 2011
In late December of 1951, a news story out of Mims, Florida, shocked the nation. The story contained elements of prejudice, discrimination, injustice, lynching, rape, bombings, and murder. The story not only made headlines across the country, but also the world. On the evening of December 25, a bomb was placed under the floor joists of the bedroom…
Descriptors: African Americans, Civil Rights, Labor, Unions
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Buswell, Carol – Social Education, 2011
People confront stereotypes every day, both in and out of the classroom. Some ideas have been carried in the collective memory and classroom textbooks for so long they are generally recognized as fact. Many are constantly being reinforced by personal experiences, family discussions, and Hollywood productions as well. The distinct advantage to…
Descriptors: Stereotypes, Content Analysis, American Indians, Teaching Methods
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Rosenbaum, David L. – Social Education, 2010
On the morning of September 1, 1960, Herb Klein and Pierre Salinger met in the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., to discuss the details of what would be the first televised presidential debate. Klein was press secretary for Republican candidate Vice President Richard Nixon and Salinger was press secretary for Democratic candidate Senator John…
Descriptors: Legislators, Political Campaigns, Television, Debate
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Potter, Lee Ann – Social Education, 2010
In this article, the author examines the practice of the filibuster, using as the featured document the signed cloture motion in the Senate for an end to the filibuster to block the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The accompanying teaching activities enable teachers to introduce their classes to the history and practice of the filibuster. (Contains 1…
Descriptors: United States History, Civil Rights, Civil Rights Legislation, Federal Legislation
Ascoli, Francesco – Online Submission, 2010
The history of calligraphy and its insertion into the "cursus studiorum" of Italian schools is rebuilt, starting from the end of the 18th century. The history of teaching calligraphy was connected in fact not only with the development of writing styles and instruments but--particularly in the Italian context--it was burdened with other…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Handwriting, Educational History, Elementary Schools
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