Episode 91: Truth, Justice and Reasoning with Democratic Values with Anna-Lise Halvorsen, David E. Harris, and Paul F. Dain

In this episode Dan and Michael chat with Anna-Lise Halvorsen, David E. Harris, and Paul F. Dain about their new book Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History, (Volume 1 & Volume 2) which helps teachers to promote critical thinking and social responsibility in their United States History and Civics classes. Plus, we discuss a potential Superman reboot.

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Books, Articles and Other Amazing Resources

  1. Havorsen, A.L. Harris, D.E. & Dain, P.F. (2018). Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0: Ethical Issues in American History. New York, NY. Teachers College Press. (Volume 1 & Volume 2)
  2. Website that accompanies Reasoning with Democratic Values 2.0.
  3. Article on Utilizing discussion in Social Studies Classrooms
    1. Hess, D.E. (2004) Discussion in Social Studies: Is it Worth the Trouble? Social Education 68 (2). 151-155
  4. Reasoning with Democratic Values first edition


Anne-Lise Halvorsen is an associate professor of teacher education specializing in social studies education. Her scholarship includes research on the history of education, social studies teaching and learning in urban contexts, the integration of social studies and other subject areas, teacher preparation in social studies, and curriculum policy. Her current work focuses on the history of elementary social studies education, project-based learning, lesson study, and historical thinking.

David E. Harris is a retired professor of teacher education at the University of Michigan. Before that he was the social studies education director for the school districts of Oakland County, Michigan, and an American history teacher at James Madison Memorial High School in Madison, Wisconsin. With Alan Lockwood of the University of Wisconsin, he co-authored the first edition of Reasoning with Democratic Values. He lives in northern Michigan adjacent to the Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore with his wife, Marcia, a retired kindergarten teacher. Their children and grandchildren visit often.

Paul F. Dain is a retired government teacher and social studies department chair at Andover High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

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