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Teach Responsibility -- Teach History

William E. White | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
William E. White

Where are the lessons of responsible citizenship? Where is the citizens' manual? Civic responsibility is not innate. It must be learned, and so it must be taught.

No One Knows Voting Like Reality Show Judge

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 11.25.2012 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Robyn Gee When’s the last time you remember young people tripping over themselves to vote? Adam Shankman, a judge on the hit reality TV sho...

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.

Why I Volunteer, Even Though I Can't Vote

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.24.2012 | Home
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By Meredith Wade I rolled out of bed at the ungodly hour of 8 a.m. on the first Sunday of summer to thrust clipboards at random strangers downtown, ho...

Young People Seek Political Discourse Online

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 09.11.2012 | Politics
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

By: Maya Cueva Youth might not be going to the polls in vast numbers, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care about making change in their ...

Teacher Bashing

William E. White | Posted 09.02.2012 | Education
William E. White

I am fed up with teacher-bashing. It seems everyone is willing to belittle teachers. But these same critics are not willing to step forward and do the job themselves.

Rededicate Yourself to the Republic

William E. White | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
William E. White

As you, your children, your family, your friends, and your colleagues prepare for the Fourth of July this year, make it a learning experience. Read the Declaration of Independence from beginning to end -- every word. Read it aloud. Read a book about American history.

In Government Class On Election Day

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 08.05.2012 | Education
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

The connection between having at least a high school education and getting out to the polls is something that civics and government teachers think about every day. How do you encourage students to see politics as relevant?

Becoming Aware of Civic Unawareness

Bob Kerrey | Posted 07.26.2012 | Education
Bob Kerrey

Civic education is vital in preparing students for the responsibilities and obligations of democratic citizenship. But a third of native-born American citizens fail the history and civics exam administered to immigrants who are seeking U.S. citizenship.

The U.S. Constitution: What If You Could Explain the Crafting of This Document in Less Than an Hour?

Kate Kelly | Posted 04.28.2012 | Education
Kate Kelly

The United States Constitution is one of the most influential political documents of all time, and it is the cornerstone that supports our liberty. ...

Law and Civic Education

Michael Serota | Posted 04.18.2012 | Education
Michael Serota

We ought to be teaching our nation's students about law, rights, and the operation of our system of justice. A future generation of law-abiding, rights-respecting citizens depends upon it.

Digital Kids and the Kahn Academy

John M. Eger | Posted 12.24.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Kids have "grown up digital" as author Don Tapscott would say. They have computers, and cell phones and video games, Facebook, and Twitter and who kno...

The Civic Mission of Schools

Les Francis | Posted 11.16.2011 | Education
Les Francis

Despite a past of educating children to be capable and engaged citizens, too many of our schools are now failing at their civic mission. When less than one third of American eighth graders can identify the historical purpose of the Declaration of Independence, we have a problem.

WATCH: If Students Fail History, Does It Matter?

CNN | Jacob Soboroff | Posted 09.27.2011 | Education

Washington (CNN) -- If there's a student anywhere who would be able to answer a trivia question about President Abraham Lincoln, it would be on the ma...

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.

A Retired Supreme Court Justice's Video Game Revolution

Newsweek | Danielle Friedman | Posted 09.02.2011 | Education

Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has launched a series of videogames that teach kids about government. She talks to Danielle Friedman ...

Joy Resmovits

Few Students 'Proficient' In U.S. History

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.14.2011 | Education

If you can identify one advantage American troops held over the British in the American Revolution, chances are you know more U.S. history than most e...

Dawn and Claire Have an Idea

Alan Singer | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Alan Singer

Dawn and Claire find that their eighth-grade students remember little about American government from the previous year. They decided there had to be a better way to promote civic knowledge.

Joy Resmovits

Just How Much Do Students Know About Government?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.04.2011 | Education

NEW YORK -- Can you name the three branches of the American government, their powers, and how other branches limit their powers? If so, you have a leg...

Ignite Your Passion and Change the World

Michael J. McCarthy | Posted 06.07.2011 | Denver
Michael J. McCarthy

Last summer, Latinos were in the streets protesting what they seen as unfair immigration laws. They played a proactive role in rectifying an injustice. Why aren't the rest of us?

Democracy Day: A Call to Action From Two High Schoolers

Ashley Garcia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Ashley Garcia

Two high school seniors from opposite ends of the country have one very important interest in common: They are counting down the days to cast their first ballots.

Beyond Head-Stomping -- the Democratic Battle That Awaits

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The fight we are in for isn't the head-stomping, name-calling one. Let them have their sandbox. The next democratic battleground will be over our institutions of governing.

Don't Know Much About the 1st Amendment? A Civics Primer

Kenneth C. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth C. Davis

Who is the Vice President? How many Senators are there? How many Supreme Court Justices? A new online survey suggests many Americans can't answer tho...