Looking for Elementary School Resources?

October 29th, 2010 by

Well, I’m excited to tell you that we’re hard at work on our first-ever elementary school resource! The Founding Documents: A Three Act Drama is a fun, full-color magazine-style activity booklet that covers the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Designed with 4-5th graders in mind, content includes short readings, games, Read more…

Incorrect textbooks, misinformed students, and celebrating National Freedom of Speech Week | Education Link Roundup

October 27th, 2010 by

Watch out–your history textbook may not have all the facts! This week’s Education Link Roundup features a story about a Virginia history textbook with incorrect claims about the involvement of blacks in the Civil War forces for the Confederacy. The textbook company has distributed stickers for teachers to place over the false claim, and Virginia’s Read more…

Freedom of Speech in the News | Daily News Headlines

October 26th, 2010 by

Today’s daily news stories revolve around freedom of speech (particularly appropriate during National Freedom of Speech Week): an article about a voter who was told she was would have turn her shirt featuring President Obama inside-out in order to vote, and a story covering the free speech questions surrounding former NPR correspondent Juan Williams.  What Read more…

What does being an American mean to Juan Williams?

October 22nd, 2010 by

Juan Williams has been a supporter of the Institute’s Being an American Essay Contest from the very beginning.  What does Williams believe it means to be an American? Watch this video in which he shares his thoughts on this question that is so important for our national civic conversation. Teachers, don’t forget you still have Read more…

Christine O’Donnell and the First Amendment

October 20th, 2010 by

Christine O’Donnell’s questioning of her opponent on the phrasing of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state have gotten a lot of attention. Explore this important debate with these free Bill of Rights Institute materials: First Amendment Principles and Jefferson’s “Wall” . Less attention has been paid to the fact that her Read more…

Education Link Roundup

October 19th, 2010 by

This week’s articles on education include a reflection on state ballot issues that affect schools, a collection of information on how to use Facebook for learning, a report by McKinsey about increasing the quality of education in American schools, and a million-dollar award for Gwinnett County, Georgia, for their progress in closing the achievement gap Read more…