"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

. . .a pupil attitude factor, which appears to have a stronger relationship to achievement than do all the “school” factors together, is the extent to which an individual feels that he has some control over his own destiny. James Coleman, 1966

Monday, September 18, 2006

Social Studies in Jeopardy

In the new age of global competitiveness and flat worlds, will political or social education matter? Will an understanding of the Constitution and democratic principles be subverted by a new and virulent fascism that depends on a pliable population with limited understanding of the world?

HT to Bob Schaeffer.

Weekend Edition Sunday
Social Studies Goes to the Back of the Class
Schools are emphasizing the importance of math and reading, leaving other subjects behind. Fred Risinger, former coordinator of Social Studies Education at the School of Education at Indiana University, discusses the problem with Liane Hansen.

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