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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.

November 29, 2018

Education Is Fundamental to Citizenship--And a Constitutional Right, New Lawsuit Alleges

A new federal lawsuit asserts that the failure of public schools to prioritize civics education is depriving students of many of their constitutional rights.

November 21, 2018

Teachers Rethink the Real Lessons of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is often seen as a quintessential feel-good holiday, but many argue the way its taught in schools perpetuates a myth and dishonors Native Americans.

November 15, 2018

Finding a Curriculum to Address the Election Recounts

Florida unions have released a collection of voter-related materials, but curriculum addressing election recounts appears to be short supply.

November 06, 2018

Midterm Elections in the Classroom: Local Issues and Longstanding Themes

A Maryland educator has her students look at local elections through the lens of a local controversy—the opioid epidemic—and a national one, the debate over voter suppression.

November 05, 2018

Teaching the Midterm Elections: Voter Turnout and Its Implications

In the second of a three-part series, a Syracuse teacher has students look at voter turnout data and create local voting guides for their communities.

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 16, 2018

Senators Eye Changes to Federal History and Civics Grants

The change would require grantees to teach about the U.S. Constitution.

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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