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Simpson, Michael D. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies and history teachers should be free to expose students to controversial ideas and to teach critical thinking skills. But are they free? Do they have the constitutional right--call it academic freedom--to teach what they want and to discuss controversial issues in the classroom? The short answer is "no." In this article,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Academic Freedom, Constitutional Law, Thinking Skills
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Hess, Diana E. – Social Education, 2010
In this article, the author makes the point that social studies teachers have a "professional responsibility" to educate students, no matter what protections might or might not be provided by the law, and that "as professionals, their expertise about content, pedagogy, and their students makes it not just acceptable, but mandatory,…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Teaching Methods, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Pedagogical Content Knowledge