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October 25, 2010

Why Students Don't Write Research Papers in High School

Recent papers and discussions explore high school students' weak skills in writing and research.

October 20, 2010

History Textbook Draws Fire for Assertion on Black Confederate Soldiers

The assertion regarding African Americans is rejected by most historians.

October 04, 2010

What Do Social Studies Teachers REALLY Think?

In general, high school social studies teachers in the United States say students should learn to respect and appreciate their country, but know its shortcomings.

September 27, 2010

Texas Board Adopts Measure on Religious Bias in Textbooks

The Texas state board of education narrowly adopted a nonbinding resolution warning textbook publishers from promoting an "anti-Christian/pro-Islamic" bias in classroom materials.

September 24, 2010

Texas State Board Debates Resolution on 'Pro-Islamic' Bias in Textbooks

The Texas resolution appeared to have the backing of at least several social conservatives on the state board of education.

September 17, 2010

Criticism of Texas Social Studies Standards Overblown, Analyst Says

The new Texas social studies standards are "for the most part conventional and inclusive," despite the controversy, an analyst concludes.

September 15, 2010

GED: A College Pathway That Few Complete

It's pretty well established by now that despite its nickname, the GED is not a "high school equivalency test." Young people who earn a General Educational Development certificate don't fare as well in earnings or in postsecondary education as those who graduate from high school. But now a new stu...

September 15, 2010

Obama to Students: Work Hard, Take Pride in Differences

You've probably heard about Obama's back to school speech (transcript here, video here, our PK-12 blog post here). Steering clear of the controversy sparked by last year's speech, he urged students to dream big and write their own destinies, no matter how difficult their current circumstances may be...

September 01, 2010

Lawmakers Seek to Keep Texas Content Out of Calif. Textbooks

The California legislature has approved a plan intended to prevent controversial new social studies standards in Texas from reaching Golden State classrooms.

August 19, 2010

School District Turns Down Tea Party Offer of Free Copies of Constitution

School officials decline offer by local "tea party" to provide free copies of the U.S. Constitution to students.

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