Abstract 19- Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

Social Studies Research and Practice

Volume 2, Number 3, Winter 2007

 

 

Questions of Disbelief: Can We Transform the Situation? Or Is Rome Burning?

Lois McFadyen Christensen
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Abstract

Out of diminishing democratic ideals upon which this country was founded due to the blurring of the governmental branches by the current administration, one of the most worrisome is the piece of NCLB (2001) that has decreased the teaching of social studies in the early childhood/elementary curriculum. It appears there is a plan for failure for marginalized children that might open the doors to privatize public education. The planned deficit of social studies knowledge to problem solve and to think critically is not equal, nor just. To have a socially just tomorrow, social studies matters for our social studies students today.

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About the Author(s)…

Lois McFadyen Christensen, Associate Professor of elementary social studies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, teaches and researches issues concerning learning elementary social studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She facilitates learning in critical pedagogy and qualitative research methods. Each summer she team-teaches a civil rights movement course accompanied by the city schools and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. She served on the PBS Advisory Board for TeacherSource. Contact information: lmchrist@uab.edu http://www.pbs.org/teachersource