March 2010 | By Jane Leung Larson
The January/February issue of Social Education, the magazine of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), will be a valuable guide for teachers bringing China into their classrooms, with all its complexity and hot-button issues. Guest editors Kathleen Woods Masalski, director of Five College Center for East Asian Studies, and Todd Levy, former teacher and president of NCSS, have assembled contributions from such careful China observers as former NPR correspondent Rob Gifford (“Panda-Huggers and Dragon-Slayers: How to View Modern China Today”) and author Peter Hessler (“A Journey Between China’s Past and Present”) and scholars, including historian Kristin Stapleton (“What I Wish my College Students Already Knew about PRC History”) and Chinese philosophy professor Stephen C. Angle (“Confucianism on the Comeback”). The issue also includes classroom suggestions, personal stories, and a list of top films for teaching about China. Single copies are available here.