To keep up with the issues of the times, Street Law Inc., a nonprofit organization supporting civics education, has added a chapter on immigration law and policy to its new textbook for high school courses in "practical law." "Everyone needs to think about what our immigration policy should be," said Lee Arbetman, the director of U.S. programs for Street Law, in explaining why the 2010 Street Law textbook has included immigration issues. The organization lines up law students to co-teach classes about the nation's laws with high school teachers. Typically, the class is taught as an elective. I mention ...
Students in the United States show little distinction compared with most other countries in reading, mathematics, or science at any grade level or age, according to a special analysis released this week by the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education.
While reporting on trends in civic education I came across a couple of video clips from this spring when retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor appeared on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," produced by Comedy Central. They could be a resource for a U.S. government class.
PBS is giving away 20 DVD sets of its series "We Shall Remain" on Native American history.
Cesar Chavez, a Latino civil rights and labor leader, is cited in the draft of the revised Texas social studies standards, even though one of the six "experts" appointed by the Texas state board of education to advise standards writing teams questioned if he should be included. But some other historical figures who are listed in the social studies standards now in place in Texas have been removed from the proposed standards and replaced with other people. In the U.S. history standards for high school, for example, Shirley Chisholm, the late congresswoman from New York*, and Franklin D. Roosevelt ...
A Michigan scholar's own learning experiences as a student in his native China shapes his perspective on American education reform.
I spoke this week with Gail A. Lowe, the chairwoman of the Texas state board of education, and she told me that state board members support Texas Commissioner Robert Scott's decision not to join the effort to create national common standards. Since Missouri got on board, only three statesTexas, Alaska, and South Carolinaare still holding out. Lowe picked up on some critics' views that the drafting of the common standards has not been transparent, saying she has a "concern that something is done in a group in secret, and we don't know where it's headed." She added: "The work...
Evolution is being covered more extensively and better in state science standards than was true nearly a decade ago, according to a review of the standards in 50 states and the District of Columbia by the National Center for Science Education.
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA has created a free curriculum to teach high school students about refugee and migration issues.
The California state board of education won't approve new textbooks for K-8 students until January 2016 at the earliest because of reduced state spending in the budget for textbooks, according to The Los Angeles Times.