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…

What Do You Think of the NYC Plan to Ban Large Sugary Drinks?

June 5th, 2012 by

What Do You Think of the NYC Plan to Ban Large Sugary Drinks? A new plan in New York City would ban the sale of all sugary drinks including sodas and energy drinks over 16 fluid ounces in fast food restaurants, delis, and movie theaters.  Grocery and convenience stores would be excluded and fruit juices, 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…

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…

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…

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…