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The power of yet

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…

Political polarization

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,…

studies weekly social studies

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…

Tennessee Studies Weekly

Tennessee adopts Studies Weekly K-5 Social Studies

We’ve been adopted! The dedicated team at Studies Weekly is excited to continue sharing our interactive and rigorously standards-based Social Studies programs with more states. Tennessee, through the Tennessee Department of Education, recently adopted our Social Studies K-5 program statewide for a five-year term. “As a publisher, we look forward to providing our state-adopted K-5…