Social Studies, Common Core, and the Threat to Constructivist Education

  • Alan Singer
  • Eustace Thompson
  • Catherine DiMartino


Social studies is marginalized by Common Core and the accompanying high-stakes standardized testing. At its worst, in the Common Core Standards’ pursuit of de-textualized teaching and learning, it undermines the very essence of social studies education and embraces learning in the absence of understanding; it removes substance from learning, raising a generation of students with limited exposure to not only the historical events of our nation but also the key tenets of citizenship. Three cases of outstanding constructivist teaching are presented to demonstrate the power and potential of constructivism to empower and engage students as active members of our democracy.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alan Singer
    • 1
  • Eustace Thompson
    • 1
  • Catherine DiMartino
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Teaching, Learning and TechnologyHofstra UniversityHempsteadUSA
  2. 2.Department of Administrative and Instructional Leadership, School of EducationSt. John’s UniversityQueensUSA

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