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March 05, 2019

Civics Education Bills Are on Legislative Agendas in Seven States

The number of states requiring students to take civics classes or pass citizenship exams is set to grow, as existing requirements kick in and new proposals are put on the table.

February 13, 2019

Is Homework Valuable or Not? Try Looking at Quality Instead

Although homework does tend to align to standards, a lot of it is busywork, rather than work requiring students to synthesize, analyze, or use higher-order thinking skills.

January 17, 2019

Monday is MLK Jr. Day. In Mississippi and Alabama, It's Also Robert E. Lee Day

It's an extraordinary contrast at a moment when civic institutions, including schools, are rethinking how the Confederacy and slavery are portrayed in history.

January 16, 2019

Bible Study Bill Kicks Up Controversy in N.D.

Advocates worry that the fine line separating devotional from secular study of the Bible is again being crossed, this time in a North Dakota proposal.

December 20, 2018

Putting the 'E' in STEM for the Littlest Learners

Preschool and kindergarten may be the perfect time to introduce children to engineering, said educators at Boston's Museum of Science, which now has a curriculum targeted to those age groups.

December 07, 2018

Coming Soon to Florida: More Challenges for Districts' Science Curricula?

Skeptics of evolution and climate change are among those named to incoming Gov. Ron DeSantis' transition team for education.

November 09, 2018

California Approved Nearly 30 Science Textbooks. But Are They Truly Aligned to Standards?

California, one of the first states to adopt curricula aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, greenlighted 29 of the 34 materials it reviewed. What do districts do next to narrow the field?

November 01, 2018

The Midterm Elections in the Classroom: Why They Matter, and How Teachers Are Preparing

In the kickoff of a blog series leading up to the midterm elections, Curriculum Matters explore how one teacher approached the topic of ballot initiatives.

October 30, 2018

The Slaughter in Pittsburgh Is Horrifying. What Can Schools Do to Prevent Another?

Anti-semitism is on the rise, young people know less about the Holocaust than older adults, and only a handful of states mandate by law the teaching of the Holocaust and genocide.

October 04, 2018

How Can Students Learn to Distinguish Misinformation From Real News?

In a new free instructional game designed to build media literacy in students, young people pretend they are managing a news site and how to tell fake news from real news.

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