2011-2012 Being An American Essay Contest Winners Announced

February 29th, 2012 by

The Bill of Rights Institute is pleased to announce the winners of our annual Being An American Essay Contest.  This year we received over 6,300 submissions!  The list of winners and honorable mentions by region is listed below. Please see our website for more information on the Essay Contest. Congratulations to the winners and thank Read more…

Meet the Being an American Essay Contest Winners

March 24th, 2011 by

Over 24,000 students from all over the country submitted essays for this year’s Being an American Essay Contest. In their essays, each student wrote about a civic value and a historical figure who they believe best represented the American value. On Tuesday night, the Institute hosted a gala celebrating the 27 student finalists and their Read more…

Being an American Essay Contest: Day 3!

March 23rd, 2011 by

While it’s tough to top a trip on to the House floor on Monday, we tried to make Tuesday even more exciting. We started the day with a jaunt over to the White House, so the students could see where the President lives! (Unfortunately, President Obama was in Latin America while we were in D.C., Read more…

Being an American Essay Contest: Day 2!

March 21st, 2011 by

What an incredible day for the student winners of the Being an American Essay Contest! First, we kicked off the day at the National Archives, where everyone went into the Rotunda to see the original copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. The students enjoyed the opportunity to see 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…

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…