Committee of Detail Report – A Rough Draft of the Constitution

August 9th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – The end of July marked a significant milestone at the Constitutional Convention. Having considered and debated multiple proposals and counter proposals on the structure of a new government, the delegates were ready to compose a written version of the resolutions they had agreed upon.  A “Committee of Detail” – composed of John Rutledge Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution – Powers of the Legislative Branch

June 20th, 2011 by

Philadelphia – As the convention entered its fifth week, many of its delegates must have had a growing frustration that little progress had been made. The Virginia Plan had been presented, debated, and amended… and in response, William Patterson and Alexander Hamilton each presented competing plans, drawn on entirely different principles. With those competing plans Read more…

Honoring America’s Finest – A Memorial Day Tradition

May 23rd, 2011 by

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God” Inscription at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery As Hurricane Isabelle approached Washington, D.C. in September of 2003 the exodus of the city’s work force was in full gear. Supplies were swept from store shelves and windows were boarded up. Read more…

The Noble Core Mission of Social Studies Teachers

February 28th, 2011 by

“The National Council for the Social Studies believes the core mission of social studies education is to help students become…effective citizens.” While growing up in Romania during the rule of the dictator Ceausescuc, my friend, Maria, gathered secretly with her family at the risk of imprisonment to listen to the outlawed Voice of America broadcasts. Read more…

Have you Found the Real National Treasure?

January 20th, 2011 by

“I hope that kids understand that in this country, everything that we do in everyday life is touched upon by the Constitution of the United States,” The late Senator Robert Byrd There is a Real National Treasure! When I tell student there really is a national treasure their curiosity is aroused. They immediately think of Read more…

A Historic American Christmas

December 20th, 2010 by

“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” From The American Crisis by Thomas Paine and quoted by George Washington to his 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…