Foundation Releases New Work by Ellington
Dr. Lucien Ellington, UTC educations professor served as co-editor of
Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? and he contributed an essay
to Terrorism, Despots, and Democracy: What Our Children Need to Know,
two new publications released recently by the Thomas Fordham B. Foundation.
“Most Americans agree that restoring history and civics to their
rightful places in the school curriculum is one of today’s most
urgent education challenges,” says U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander.
“These two Fordham volumes go a long way toward explaining what’s
gone wrong in the field of social studies and what must be done to set
Where Did Social Studies Go Wrong? consists of penetrating critiques
by renegade social studies educators who fault the teaching methods and
curricular ideas of their field, with suggestions of how it can be reformed.
These analysts probe the causes of American students’ limited knowledge
of history and civics, and lay primary responsibility at the feet of the
social studies “establishment” itself.
Ellington and co-editor James Lerning, of Where Did Social Studies
Go Wrong? state in their introduction, “Today’s social
studies is a muddled, ineffectual curricular and pedagogical wasteland
rather than a coherent, content-based body of important knowledge that
is effectively taught and thoroughly learned.”
Online versions of both Education Daily and the Wall Street
Journal have carried Ellington’s thoughts on his new publication.
Terrorists, Despots, and Democracy: What Our Children Need to Know
includes the voices of political leaders, practitioners and cultural analysts
discussing what schools should teach about U.S. history, American ideals,
and civic life in the wake of 9/11, the war on terror, and the conflict
in Iraq. The 29 contributors represent a wide variety of fields and political
persuasions, from former Humanities Endowment chair Lynne Cheney to author
and commentator Richard Rodriguez, from JFK Library historian Sheldon
Stern to political scientist James Q. Wilson.
“On September 16th the American Enterprise Institute in Washington,
D.C. will sponsor an invitation-only forum based on the book. Along with
me and my coeditor, James Leming, confirmed panelists for the discussion
include: Senator Alexander, Former Secretary of Education William Bennett
Richard Theisen, a former President of the National Council for the Social
Studies,” Ellington said.
The American Enterprise Institute offers
more online information about the forum.