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racial equality

Thinking on Education: Why are Discussions about Equality Flashpoints in the Classroom?

Gender Equality.Feminism. Civil Rights.Racial Equality. Human Rights Issues These are some of the topics considered “controversial” in society, on social media, and in the classroom. But why? In today’s society — more than 150 years since the end of America’s Civil War, almost 100 years since women gained voting rights in America, and 55 years…

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On Education: Creating a better Multicultural Curriculum

How do you teach today’s culturally and socio-economically diverse students when often their history and literature curricula are predominantly Eurocentric? That is a question we’ve been grappling with at Studies Weekly. In the past, some of our own publications included this unconscious bias. Recognizing that, we’ve been working diligently to completely revamp and reframe them.…

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On Education: The “Power of Yet” in the Classroom

Most successful entrepreneurs say they overcame many mistakes, challenges, and setbacks to get where they are. “I’m convinced that about half of what separates successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance,” the late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple, is quoted as saying. Students — from elementary to secondary — can and should learn…

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On Education: Confronting Political Polarization in the Social Studies Classroom

Politics today are highly polarized, and are in danger of becoming more so. “Politicians used to recognize that their opponents had the same goal: Make the world a better place for their constituents. Now debate’s greatest accomplishment has been to diminish the integrity of office,” said Lawrence Lhulier in his March 2017 Education Week article,…

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On Education: The Case for Social Studies in Elementary Classrooms

Technology and globalization connect the world more today than in any era of history, but our children may not be prepared to be responsible citizens within it. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, elementary teachers increased English and mathematics instruction time over the past two decades in response to assessment pressures. Conversely, social…