Social Studies

Posted July 19, 2021

School Leaders, Not Politicians, Should Be Making Decisions about How to Teach Our History

Everybody’s gettin’ bands, we just dance to different drums. I like who I’ve become. -Jay Z,“Sorry, Not Sorry” Allow me to apologize in advance because…

By Andre Benito Mountain

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Posted Jan. 11, 2021

Our Students Need More Than Our Outrage, They Need Dialogue

On the afternoon of last Wednesday’s attempted insurrection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., Twitter was a refuge. While living and working in…

By Tate Aldrich

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Posted Jan. 7, 2021

We Have to Teach About What Happened at the Capitol Yesterday

I sat yesterday after school watching the news, Twitter and my email, mortified by the actions unfolding in our nation’s capital (and across the nation),…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Jan. 14, 2020

3 Tips for Talking With Your Students About World Events

The news has been quite sensational lately. As teachers, oftentimes, our first instinct is to hide the news under the guise of “protecting” our students…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Nov. 14, 2019

How to Teach About Impeachment Without Pissing Parents Off

Times are tough for social studies teachers. We are living in a historic moment no matter which side of the aisle, but teaching controversial and…

By Lisa Hollenbach

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Posted Aug. 22, 2019

Think Economics Is Boring? It’s Actually the Key to Good Citizenship

When teachers, parents and students think about civics in the classroom, first and foremost they imagine social studies, Constitution Day and the Pledge of Allegiance.…

By Roger Ream

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Posted Oct. 23, 2018

If You Really Want to Make America Great Again, Stop Ignoring Social Studies

It’s funny how a student can make you pause and think hard about something you teach. Recently, I didn’t just pause, I got smacked upside…

By Michelle Pearson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

There Are Small Things We Can Do Every Day to Make Our LGBT Students Feel Safe

The same four students hang out together in front of my classroom most mornings. One set is female and the other male. I do not…

By Jose Lara

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Posted Sep. 25, 2017

Don’t Like ‘Take a Knee’? Take a Civics Class.

For the past month the news has been filled with a seemingly endless stream of topics that have sparked controversy and unrest in our nation,…

By Patrick Kelly

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Posted July 14, 2017

Hey Pondiscio, Before We Talk Curriculum, Let’s Talk Turkey

In his recent response to a David Brooks column, Fordham’s Robert Pondiscio writes about the language of privilege in the United States and argues that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers, principals and district leaders have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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