What's Driving the Latest Texas History Wars?
by John Willingham
An organized and well-funded alliance of charter schools and conservative activists is leveraging the Critical Race Theory controversy in Texas to pursue the real prize: school education funding.
SOURCE: Inside Higher Ed
Our Civics Education Can't Fight These Threats to Democracy
by Eric Mlyn
Educational institutions are already "politicized" by organized attacks by an authoritarian movement. They need to set aside the fear of controversy and assert themselves as defenders of democracy.
For America, Let's Send the Adults Back to School
by David Chamberlain
The lyceum movement of the 1800s offers a model to reestablish desperately needed civic education and communal interaction across the lines that divide Americans.
We Are All Americans Here: The Crisis of Civic Empathy and our Besieged Democracy
by Chris J. Magoc
Many Americans are living in a state of grief at the rise of a movement led by an authoritarian sociopath. The answer is to rediscover through action a sense of shared humanity.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Johns Hopkins Prez: Universities Failing Responsibility to Democracy
by Ronald J. Daniels
Today's universities need to break from a historical cycle of attention and indifference to matters of civic education.
SOURCE: Philadelphia Inquirer
Conservatives: If You Don't Want Critical Race Theory in Classrooms, Provide the Resources for Civics Education
by by Thomas Kelly, David Bobb, and Jeffrey Sikkenga
Our three organizations launched the American Civics and History Initiative, a collaborative effort that provides thousands of teachers with learning opportunities they may have missed in college or graduate school.
SOURCE: New York Times
Teaching the 26th Amendment With The New York Times
by Jennifer Frost
A historian of the 26th Amendment offers a lesson plan for using newspapers as primary sources to teach how young Americans succeeded in lowering the voting age to 18.
SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Hourlong Wisconsin Legislative Debate over "Critical Race Theory" and Teaching History
"Teachers do not deliberately set out to make students feel bad about themselves. The problem this bill seems to identify, that Wisconsin's teachers intentionally or otherwise want to make students feel bad, is simply not real," said Jeremy Stoddard, a University of Wisconsin-Madison curriculum and instruction professor.
SOURCE: New York Post
Sen. Hawley: Public Schools Must Make Kids Love America and the Founding
by Josh Hawley
Senator Josh Hawley argues that public schools are obligated to teach "the truth about our history and our purpose that unites us as a nation."
SOURCE: Mother Jones
The Moral Panic Over Critical Race Theory Is Coming for a North Carolina Teacher of the Year
Rodney Pierce won honors for going beyond a teach-the-test approach to middle school social studies by pushing his students to understand the history of their local community, including racism. He fears making white parents uncomfortable may jeopardize his job.
SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Georgia State Education Board to Consider Rules on Race
Georgia is the latest state in which conservatives have staked out social studies curricula as a culture war battle front.
'The Words That Made Us': Scholar Akhil Reed Amar On How To Better Understand The Constitution
"Scholar Akhil Reed Amar says the one thing every single American shares is the United States Constitution. He shares why he wants Americans to better understand the words that made us."
SOURCE: The Hill
How The US Can Pass Civics 101
by Glenn C. Altschuler and David Wippman
American education in civics and history is not succeeding. How can it be improved in a polarized climate when content is a political football?
SOURCE: New York Times
Infrastructure Isn’t Really About Roads. It’s About the Society We Want.
by Erik Klinenberg
The word "infrastructure" has always been sufficiently capacious to include all kinds of systems necessary for the operation of society. If anything, Biden's plan needs to be bigger, and incorporate the civic infrastructure of elections and public knowledge and the social infrastructure of schools, parks and libraries.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Is Congress Falling for Scheme to Ruin Civics and History Classes?
Education scholar Mark Bauerlein has criticized the new Civics Secures Democracy Act as a subsidy for politically correct indoctrination in schools, though others disagree with his recent Manhattan Institute findings.
SOURCE: News 4 Jacksonville
DeSantis Lashes out at ‘Critical Race Theory’ in Push to Overhaul Florida’s Civics Curriculum
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is the latest official to attack "Critical Race Theory" based on an understanding that the ideas are corrupting civics education by overstating the extent of racism in the US.
SOURCE: Iowa Capital Dispatch
Iowa House Passes Controversial Bill to Ban ‘Divisive Concepts’ from School Training, Curriculum
“This bill is a denial of history,” Rep. Marti Anderson, D-Des Moines, said. “The bill doesn’t want our next generations to receive complete American history education that includes the facts of our darkest hours.”
SOURCE: Washington Post
Massive Investment in Social Studies and Civics Education Proposed to Address Eroding Trust in Democratic Institutions
The Educating for American Democracy (EAD) initiative will release a 36-page report and an accompanying 39-page road map Tuesday, laying out extensive guidance for improving and reimagining the teaching of social studies, history and civics and then implementing that over the next decade.
SOURCE: Hechinger Report
Can We Teach Our Way Out Of Political Polarization?
The AHA's Jim Grossman is among the experts discussing the prospects for civics education to alleviate political polarization and the plague of disinformation.
Social Media 'Misinformation' Endangers Democracy, Historians Say
Historians Peniel Joseph and Karl Jacoby, along with media scholar Howard Schnieder, assess the way that strategic misinformation on social media has exploited racial divisions in Trump's efforts to overturn the election results.
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