Brown v. Board of Education: Document A, Virginia Criminal Code (1847)

November 5th, 2012 by

Brown v. Board of Education: Document A, Virginia Criminal Code (1847) Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This fall the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education (1954). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some Read more…

UMKC To Hold Symposium on 40 Years of Landmark School Supreme Court Cases

August 9th, 2012 by

UMKC To Hold Symposium on 40 Years of Landmark School Supreme Court Cases The University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School and Law Review will hold a symposium titled “40 Years of Landmark Supreme Court Cases: Through the Eyes of Those Who Were There.”  The program will be held September 20-21, 2012 and will feature cases Read more…

Martin Luther King, Jr., An American Character

February 17th, 2012 by

For Black History Month, A More Perfect Blog will feature profiles of influential and heroic African-American leaders from our curriculum, Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us.  Use the profiles to start a class discussion on what makes a hero and how each of the people we describe is heroic. Martin Luther King, Read more…

Martin Luther King, Jr., An American Character

February 15th, 2012 by

For Black History Month, A More Perfect Blog will feature profiles of influential and heroic African-American leaders from our curriculum, Being An American: Exploring the Ideals That Unite Us.  Use the profiles to start a class discussion on what makes a hero and how each of the people we describe is heroic. Martin Luther King, Read more…

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012

January 13th, 2012 by

Americans honor Martin Luther King, Jr. each year on the third Monday in January.  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was first celebrated in 1986.  King was born on January 15, 1929 and was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King, Jr. was one of the most significant and compelling civil rights Read more…

Twitter and Student Free Speech

December 2nd, 2011 by

An 18-year old Kansas high school senior attended a field trip with her Youth in Government program. On her way back from the event, she posted a tweet disparaging of Governor Sam Brownback and containing off-color language to her 65 followers. The governor’s staff noticed the tweet in the course of their regular monitoring of Read more…

Does “no law” really mean no law?

October 27th, 2011 by

Of all the amendments to the Constitution, the First is, in many respects, the one whose meaning seems most plain. Its protection of speech appears unequivocal: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech.” But some people wonder and worry if this prohibition against speech regulation has been observed by Congress and other government officials.

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 13

August 25th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Tinker v. Des Moines DBQ – Document 12

August 19th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…

Summer DBQ – Tinker v. Des Moines Document 11

August 12th, 2011 by

Do you use document-based questions in your classroom? This summer the Bill of Rights Institute is blogging a document-based question on the Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines (1969). Each weekly post will feature an excerpted document related to the case, along with some questions to guide your thinking on it. Each document should Read more…