From the founding of the U.S., public schools were seen as a key way to develop an informed, active citizenry. Social studies educators struggle to achieve that goal today.
A former social studies teacher lists three ways educators and others can better understand the difficult subject of slavery in the US, including a way to hear directly from freed slaves themselves.
A former middle school teacher offers a series of tips on how educators can teach young people to engage in more civil discourse.
A new mentorship program uses fiction to teach children’s rights, and to help kids understand and prevent bullying.
History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
High school students in America learn two very different perspectives on World War I in their U.S. and world history classes. But which of these competing viewpoints should take center stage?
Only about 40-45 percent of 18-to-29-year-olds turned out to vote in the 2012 election. Civic education can improve youth turnout. But civic education itself remains neglected in US schools.
Ninety-seven percent of high school seniors have studied civics in school. While they can recall facts, they are unable to apply that knowledge to current politics. Why is that?
American textbooks confine the history of indigenous peoples to a distant past.
Should history textbooks be revised to include Native American voices?