Tuesday, February 21, 2006

ERIC Digests on the American Presidency

ERIC Digests on the American Presidency. ERIC Digests are short reports (1,000 - 1,500 words) on topics of prime current interest in education. There are a large variety of topics covered including teaching, learning, libraries, charter schools, special education, higher education, home schooling, and many more.

The ERIC Clearinghouse System was eliminated in 2003 by the US Federal Government. However, before it went away, it produced several ERIC Digest relating to the American presidency.

These include:

Teaching about the U.S. Presidency - Many consider the U.S. presidency to be the most powerful office in the world. What are its constitutional foundations? How has the role of the chief executive changed through the years? What World Wide Web resources are available for teaching about the U.S. presidency?

The Election of 1800: Teaching about a Critical Moment in the History of American Constitutional Democracy - This Digest connects the election of 1800 to the social studies curriculum, summarizes core content on this key event in American history, proposes the use of historic documents by teachers and students, and recommends World Wide Web sites as sources of documents and related information.

Teaching about George Washington - Do most students understand the importance of George Washington as a military and political leader during a time that demanded extraordinary leadership? The bicentennial of Washington's death in 1999 is an appropriate time to reflect upon his role and place in the school curriculum.

Teaching about Presidential Elections - This ERIC Digest describes legal and extralegal requirements and traditions of presidential elections, processes by which people seek and gain the office of president, and resources for teaching about presidential elections.

Teaching about the Louisiana Purchase - This Digest discusses (1) President Jefferson's decision to purchase the Louisiana Territory, (2) the significant consequences of this decision in American history, and (3) methods of teaching about the Louisiana Purchase.

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