Bloggers Get Fired Up Over Education Reform | Education Link Roundup

November 23rd, 2010 by

Lots of folks, from teacher bloggers to nationally syndicated columnists, have been talking about reform, education, and the future of America’s youth this week. At the Huffington Post, Sam Chaltain refers to 2010 as the year of education reform and discusssed some common traps that folks fall into when discussing changes in public education. His Read more…

Modifying Reading Lessons for Students

November 22nd, 2010 by

Do you ever struggle with modifying texts for your students’ reading level? Well, you aren’t alone! One of the most common questions I’m asked at Bill of Rights Institute’s professional development seminars is “how do I modify this reading for my students?” Whatever modification strategy you choose, keep in mind the importance of  linking that Read more…

The Role of Religious Liberty in America’s History

November 19th, 2010 by

Where can you find informed and opinionated citizens passionately engaging with top constitutional scholars regarding key constitutional issues? Where are the most engaging debates about the current challenges facing America taking place? Where can you join the fray? In the Bill of Rights Institute’s Founders Forum. Every month, the Institute’s top donors participate in a Read more…

Do full body airport scans violate your Fourth Amendment rights?

November 17th, 2010 by

Will you be flying this holiday season? The new TSA security procedures including full body scans and enhanced pat downs have been in the news for their possible privacy implications. The Fourth Amendment protects “the right of the people to be secure in their persons…against unreasonable searches.” What constitutes an unreasonable search? Share this clip Read more…

A Lesson for Teachers from Benjamin Franklin’s Teenage Deception

November 15th, 2010 by

“Social studies teachers have a responsibility and a duty to refocus their classrooms on the teaching of character and civic virtue. They should not be timid or hesitant about working toward these goals. The fate of the American experiment in self government depends in no small part on the store of civic virtue that resides Read more…

Should the government be allowed to regulate video game sales to minors?

November 11th, 2010 by

Kids think they know their rights. Do they? Do you? Parents guide their moral upbringing, direct their education, and, with some rare exceptions, are legally responsible for their children until they reach the age of 18. As young people gain responsibility, they increasingly acquire the rights and privileges of citizenship. Along these lines, the Supreme Read more…

8 Ways to Build Students’ Reading Skills

November 5th, 2010 by

Students don’t always come to us with the literacy skills they need, and it’s important for teachers to be mindful of ways to support them as they develop those skills. I’ve worked for the Bill of Rights Institute since 2007, but before that, I had a long and rewarding career as a Social Studies teacher Read more…