Civics

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Social Studies 'Divisive' or 'Necessary'? Comments on Grant Priorities Show Divide on Teaching About Race
Thousands of comments on a history education grant proposal appear to have been submitted through a group that opposes "woke" education.
Evie Blad & Andrew Ujifusa, May 19, 2021
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Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, right, talks to 12th grade art student Madri Mazo at White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. on April 22, 2021.
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona, left, talks to 12th grade art student Eugene Coleman at White Plains High School in White Plains, N.Y. in April.
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Education Funding Miguel Cardona's First Budget Hearing Becomes Forum on In-Person Learning, 1619 Project
In his first public testimony to Congress as education secretary, Cardona also touched on standardized testing and student discipline.
Andrew Ujifusa, May 5, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion Civics Ed. Is on the Precipice of Becoming Common Core 2.0
Recent efforts to promote civics education suggest little was learned from the Obama-era dispute around the common core.
Rick Hess, May 3, 2021
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington on April 20, 2021.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., talks on Capitol Hill in Washington earlier this month.
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Social Studies GOP Leader: Biden Grant Plan Referencing Anti-Racism, 1619 Project Is 'Divisive Nonsense'
Sen. Mitch McConnell's letter to the Education Dept. about a small history program amplifies a political scrum dating back to last year.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 30, 2021
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The statue of President Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial on June 4, 2017 in Washington.
The statue of President Abraham Lincoln is seen at the Lincoln Memorial on June 4, 2017 in Washington.
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Social Studies Biden Administration Cites 1619 Project as Inspiration in History Grant Proposal
The Biden administration's proposal is part of a heated battle over racism and what students should learn about America's past.
Andrew Ujifusa, April 19, 2021
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Social Studies Supreme Court Justices Call for More Civics Education Amid Risk From 'Domestic Enemies'
Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Neil M. Gorsuch, both boosters of civics for years, renew their concerns amid deep divisions in the country.
Mark Walsh, April 14, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion Civics Roadmap’s Designers Would Do Well to Heed Their Critics
Supporters of Educating for American Democracy's Roadmap should spend time listening, learning, and addressing legitimate concerns.
Rick Hess, April 12, 2021
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Law & Courts Student School Board Members Flex Their Civic Muscle in Supreme Court Free-Speech Case
Current and former student school board members add their growing voices to a potentially precedent-setting U.S. Supreme Court case.
Stephen Sawchuk, April 7, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion Approaching EAD’s New Civics Roadmap With Eyes Wide Open
The Roadmap could have much to offer for improving civics and history instruction, but much will depend on how its aims are implemented.
Rick Hess, March 3, 2021
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Social Studies New National Civics Guidelines Carve a Middle Path for Teachers in a Polarized Climate
In U.S. schools, history and civics are both neglected and controversial. Can a new set of guidelines help?
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Social Studies Opinion The Insurrection Highlights the Need for Civics Learning
What if the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol had received civics and anti-bias education in school? Would it have made a difference?
Jinnie Spiegler, February 22, 2021
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Social Studies Opinion The Need for Media Literacy and Civics Education Isn't Just for Students
Lately, people have been calling for students to learn more civics education. Unfortunately, it may be the adults who really need it.
Peter DeWitt, February 3, 2021
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Federal Opinion Biden Eliminated the 1776 Commission But Not the Need for 'Patriotic' Education
Rick Hess hopes President Biden will urge educators to acknowledge and explore the unifying, “patriotic” themes in the American story.
Rick Hess, February 1, 2021
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