Thursday, November 20, 2008

Better than Madonna

We just returned from Houston, TX for the annual National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) meeting. We had a great time meeting with social studies teachers, and talking to them about what they are teaching, and what books they are using in the classroom. We were glad to find that some of our books continue to be favorites. We brought with us some of our new books that we feel will fit nicely into the social studies curriculum, namely Not For Sale by David Batstone, and Letters to a Bullied Girl by Olivia Gardner and Emily and Sarah Buder. Both books were very well recieved, along with accompanying teaching materials which will be available for download soon.

The highlight of the weekend was Sunday's keynote speaker, our own author, Dr. Howard Zinn. Author of the well-known, and widely used A People's History of the United States, Dr. Zinn was quite a draw. One young social studies teacher said upon meeting Dr. Zinn that she was going to see Madonna in concert that night, but that meeting and hearing Dr. Zinn was "even better than Madonna." We certainly agree. Look for a summary of his speech in an upcoming NCSS newlsetter.

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