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February 10, 2020

A Rap Video Makes the Case for Voting. Here's How One Teacher Used It

Students often struggle to understand the power that the legislative branch of government has, said middle school social studies teacher Beth White.

February 06, 2020

7 Takeaways From the 2019 Advanced Placement Results

Nearly one-quarter of the high school graduates of 2019 who took Advanced Placement exams scored a 3 or higher, continuing trends of score improvements among students overall, according to results released Thursday by the College Board. But the results also show small declines for three ethnic groups, including white students.

January 29, 2020

A 'Good News' Story: Curriculum Can Help Students Better Evaluate Online Information

The finding is a small beacon of hope for schools, who are reeling from the volume of misinformation students are exposed to online.

December 16, 2019

What's In High School Civics Standards? A New Analysis Offers Clues

Half the states got top marks for the content of their high school civics programs in a report from the Center for American Progress.

November 05, 2019

A 'Roadmap' for Teaching Civics and History Is Coming. Will It Restart an Old Curriculum War?

Funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Endowment for the Humanities will finance an effort to strengthen content and teaching in the subjects. But the project will need to sidestep the issues that sank a 1994 effort.

September 12, 2019

Americans Know More About Civics, But Numbers Still 'Dismally' Low, Researchers Say

American adults know more about civics and constitutional rights than they did five years ago, but their grasp of those basics is still very weak, according to a new survey.

August 19, 2019

The '1619 Project' Curriculum Challenges Teachers to Reframe U.S. History

The curriculum is inspired by the New York Times Magazine project to observe the 400th anniversary of the beginning of slavery in the United States.

August 14, 2019

California's Ethnic Studies Curriculum, Criticized for 'Anti-Jewish Bias,' to Be Revised

California's proposed curriculum guide in ethnic studies is being sent back for substantial revision after a pileup of criticism that it's anti-Semitic.

August 12, 2019

Four States Now Require Schools to Teach LGBT History

Starting next school year, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history will be part of the curriculum in Illinois public schools. The state is the fourth to mandate teaching of LGBT history, after California, New Jersey, and Colorado.

August 06, 2019

Teachers Prepare for Tough Classroom Conversations on the Civil War

About two dozen teachers from across the country spent a week wrestling with questions about how to remember the Confederacy.

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