What is the least known and best kept secret in education? Answer: Kids love to talk . . . with each other . . . about important matters and significant topics. The content subsumed under the heading, "Discussion Central" provides, at present, interested teachers with field tested and developmentally significant discussion/lessons that can supplement traditional textbook treatments of U.S. History topics such as: The Boston Massacre, The Boston Tea Party, The Underground Railroad, Families with divided allegiances during the Civil War, Immigration, the Progressive Era including the suffragist movement and the passing of the Nineteenth Amendment, accounts of Native American removal from their original settlements, the tension between cattlemen and farmers during the settling of the West, the Great Depression as experienced in rural areas, and the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. You will find a dilemma discussion for each of these traditional textbook subject areas. So, for example, while students may read about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, here you will find a historically based fictional dilemma involving a runaway slave family and a young woman's decision about whether or not to help hide the family.
The "Primer" materials contained herein review the research upon which the discussions presented are based. In future weeks, additional dilemmas will be added stretching over other subject matter including American Government, Economics, and English/Language Arts literature. Stay tuned. Videos available for each dilemma. Contact SamuelGomberg@aol.com for details.