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Congressman Kingston's It's Not Just Lunch Program

Ashley Underwood | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Ashley Underwood

Georgia Congressman Jack Kingston is introducing a new program for Georgia schools, It's Not Just Lunch. If you want that peanut butter and jelly sandwich all you have to do is mop the floor of your Social Studies class. It's like detention, only with rewards.

Campaign to Add Citizenship to the Common Core Standards

Alan Singer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

It may be that the prospect of an active, informed, educated citizenry is so frightening because it would begin to question how the United States ended up with so many elected officials who are not only ignorant about science and history, but are willfully ignorant and want to impose their ignorance on the rest of us.

Elementary School Children Need More Time to Learn

Arthur Camins | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Arthur Camins

In too many urban schools science, social studies and the arts have become expendable electives.

Revolutionary Days

William E. White | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
William E. White

"We the People" create the institutions that serve us. It's easy to forget that we -- individual citizens -- are the ones responsible for our children's education.

What Do We Know About Civic Education? Not Enough

Maria Voles Ferguson | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Maria Voles Ferguson

In an era when U.S. students are often compared with or competing against their international counterparts, it is crucial that they understand their own nation's history and system of government and how that has and will continue to impact the world around them.

Band Bites: Social Studies

Jill Donenfeld | Posted 12.31.2012 | Home
Jill Donenfeld

With a Frenchman in the crew who insists that a meal must include everyone sitting down together, this band rates high on the bite chart. Their second album, Developer, is dreamy.

Subjects or Citizens?

William E. White | Posted 12.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

United States history is the story of a compelling idea that continues to revolutionize the world. Unfortunately, American schools today disregard that history.

Teacher Under Fire For Politically-Charged Sign In Classroom

Posted 10.31.2012 | Education

South Carolina teacher Laurie Humphrey has been removed from the classroom for a politically charged sign placed in her classroom, WLTX reports. Th...

Civics Education Testing Only Required In 9 States For High School Graduation

Posted 10.12.2012 | Education

A study by the Center for Information and Research on Civil Learning & Engagement at Tufts University has found that most states do not emphasize civi...

What We Need to Do About Civic Education

Peter Levine | Posted 12.11.2012 | Education
Peter Levine

Whether and how well we teach civics are important questions, especially in the midst of an election campaign in which millions of Americans are being asked to sort through complicated issues and navigate an increasingly difficult voting process.

What We Build Together

William E. White | Posted 10.31.2012 | Education
William E. White

There is a lot of talk today implying that the purpose of education is job training. Our nation will not survive if our education system merely produces economic units. We must safeguard the future of the republic by educating to increase the most essential national resource: informed, engaged citizens.

The Will of the People

William E. White | Posted 10.14.2012 | Education
William E. White

Partisanship and rancor are not new. We have not fallen from some republican ideal into a new style of debauchery. Our political battles have been hard-fought and hard-won right from the very beginning.

It's Our Responsibility

William E. White | Posted 09.30.2012 | Education
William E. White

Who's responsible for instilling in our young people an appreciation for history and citizenship? Many of us -- teachers, educators, and members of the public alike -- are very concerned about the demise of social studies.

Civic Illiteracy: A Threat to the American Dream

Michael Ford | Posted 06.30.2012 | Politics
Michael Ford

The effects of civic illiteracy take their toll over time, and while Americans are almost defiantly indifferent about their lack of civic understanding, the consequences to our basic rights and freedoms and the general health of our republic could be dire.

Common Core, What Is It Good For?

Alan Singer | Posted 06.19.2012 | Education
Alan Singer

An article in Newsday reports on Long Island, New York schools trying to implement common core standards. But as you read the article, more questions arise about the "common core" than are answered.

Ethnic Studies: Tell the Truth or Promote Ignorance

Larry Strauss | Posted 05.16.2012 | Education
Larry Strauss

If the truth about who we are and what we've done makes people angry, do we really soothe that anger by covering up the truth?

'Communist Indoctrination' High School Worksheets Sparks Outrage

Posted 04.06.2012 | Education

Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Iowa is receiving criticism for one class assignment on the Cold War. Based on a worksheet handed out in a social...

History Hip Hop Visits Harvard

Matt Weber | Posted 03.05.2012 | Education
Matt Weber

They are both history teachers, but not in the way you might think. Rather than chalkboard and textbook, their tools of trade are hip hop and song... and these two 20-somethings are beginning to make social studies more sociable.

Slavery and the Law Takes an Honest Look at Our History

Alan Singer | Posted 01.08.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Slavery and the Law documents the creation of a mural by Brooklyn teenagers, interweaving their journey with an examination of the legal status of enslaved Africans in Colonial America up until the American Civil Rights Movement.

The Help: A Teacher's Guide

Gary Stager | Posted 11.22.2011 | Education
Gary Stager

Some of your secondary school students have read The Help and many more will have seen this summer's film adaptation. This creates a critical teachable moment for educators.

Do We Treat History Like a Dead Language?

Adora Svitak | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education
Adora Svitak

History is made every day. The challenge is getting everyone to pay attention to it.

Social Studies Fail Again, With Help From Secretary Duncan

Shaun Johnson | Posted 08.02.2011 | Education
Shaun Johnson

Mr. Duncan's basic understanding of what test-based reforms are doing to individual schools and school systems is, to borrow an Internet meme, an epic fail.

Don't Know Much About -- History, Geography, or Civics

Alan Singer | Posted 07.18.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

In recent weeks, ignorance of United States history and the functioning of the U.S. government made the front pages again.

Social Studies Get the Short End of the Stick, Again

Alan Singer | Posted 06.01.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

Because the federal government does not mandate history and social studies assessments and does not monitor the scores, New York is free to lower the standards in these areas.

Teaching About Events in the Middle East: Lesson Plan

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

As events in the Middle East rapidly unfold, teachers have asked me for ideas to help them teach about what is taking place in Egypt, Tunisia, and Yemen. This is a suggested lesson plan.