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Volume 6  |  Issue 22  |  August 4, 2011  
Why Social Studies Matters

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A Well-Rounded Education

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Pointing the Way for the Whole Child

ASCD and our Whole Child Partners have developed a list of 10 indicators for each of the whole child tenets—healthy, safe, engaged, challenged, and supported. Share these with your colleagues and your community.



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ASCD's Summer Boot Camp series features presentations on tools for new teachers, using technology in the classroom, brain-based memory strategies, differentiated instruction, effective supervision, and habits of mind. Register today to save your spot!


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What's Not Working in School Leadership

Chris Canter, an administrator-in-training, suggests five things principals and assistant principals can do to improve their effectiveness. What's number one on his list? Administrators should not nurture power struggles within the building. Read the list and add your own suggestions.


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Going to School in Hard Places

In some places, formal education is neither a right nor much of a reality, but the human thirst for knowledge can't be kept down. How are teachers and students finding ways to teach and learn when the odds seem against them?



Why Social Studies Matters

Social studies, which includes history, geography, and civics, among other fields, is an integral part of a well-rounded education. In fact, many top-achieving nations around the world, like Finland, South Korea, and Japan, recognize the importance of social studies by giving it proper weight in the K–12 curriculum. In the United States, however, social studies supporters fear that the narrow focus on reading and math in policy debates will further sideline social studies, potentially cheating students not only of their past, but also of the knowledge they need to fully exercise their role in the civic life of the nation. 

Yet advocates of social studies are trying to hold the line. For example, nonprofit groups like the National Coalition for History are urging legislators to oppose cutbacks to Teaching American History grants, the only federal program that funds K–12 history education. And the National Council of Social Studies, whose voices appear below, has a 90-year record of supporting educators in the social studies. 

This issue of ASCD Express looks at the state of civic understanding in the schools and how teachers are preparing young citizens to be informed participants in their communities.


Living Local History in New Rochelle

Local Living History in New RochelleEver heard of the "Little Rock of the North"? In New Rochelle, N.Y., 11th graders learn from their community's historic court battle.


What Can History Teach Us Today?

Can society afford to support an uninformed, inflexible, unsympathetic citizenry? Given the present state of political rhetoric, these particular characteristics should not be ignored.


High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship:
What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do

This AEI Program on American Citizenship study looks at social studies teachers' attitudes and beliefs regarding teaching in their subject area.


Tools for Implementation

ASCD Resources to Support Social Studies


The Essentials of Social Studies, Grades K–8 E-Book   Building Literacy in Social Studies
The Essentials of Social Studies, Grades K–8 E-Book   Building Literacy in Social Studies

Let Freedom Swing, Part 1: We the People

Let Freedom Swing—We the People This engaging educational video by Jazz at Lincoln Center features former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and accomplished jazz artist Wynton Marsalis in a discussion about how jazz music illustrates the principles of American democracy.

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World Affairs Education: A New Role (1968)

This Educational Leadership article looks at the uninspired state of education about international affairs in 1968. The author felt schoolchildren needed to "study the world as a society" as nations grew closer and more interdependent, a concept which is even more relevant today.


New Voices

Promote the Benefits of Social Studies

Sue Blanchette How students react to history in the making can be very revealing and provide important teachable moments for the social studies classroom.


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Robert Louis Stevenson
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