This new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation consists of penetrating critiques by renegade social studies educators who fault the regnant teaching methods and curricular ideas of their field and suggest how it can be reformed. While nearly everyone recognizes that American students don't know much about history and civics, these analysts probe the causes of this ignorance-and lay primary responsibility at the feet of the social studies "establishment" to which they belong.
Kathleen Porter-Magee is the superintendent of Partnership Schools, a network of seven urban Catholic schools in Harlem and the South Bronx. She is also author of a recent Manhattan Institute report entitled, Catholic on the Inside: Putting Values Back at the Center of Education Reform. Before joining the…View Full Bio
Lucien Ellington is UC professor of Education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Ellington teaches courses in social studies education and East Asian history, and is editor of Education About Asia. He also has considerable experience with K-12 curricula, works with the Core Knowledge Foundation, and has evaluated and developed world history standards and materials for states as well as private…View Full Bio