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…

Daily News Headlines: the Defense of Marriage Act, Healthcare clarification, and net neutrality funding questions

February 23rd, 2011 by

Lots of big news regarding the federal government and constitutional questions this week! Tell us what you think about these hot-topic stories: First, President Obama is making headlines because he instructed the Justice Department to stop defending the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act. The article states that he believes the Act to be unconstitutional because Read more…

Money and the Constitution

February 18th, 2011 by

It is difficult to overstate the task the Founding Fathers faced at the Constitutional Convention. One fundamental aspect of society at the forefront of the Founders minds was money—the economic medium of exchange. Prior to money, barter was the main vehicle of trade. For example, a carpenter who wanted some apples would have to locate Read more…

Send George Washington to your friends for Presidents’ Day weekend!

February 18th, 2011 by

Are you celebrating Presidents’ Day this year? One way to remind your friends and family about the importance of this holiday is by sending an eCard of George Washington, a Founder and the man who set the precedent for the future leaders of the country. Did you send this eCard to someone you know today? Read more…

Should certain Justices sit out the health care case?

February 16th, 2011 by

According to this ABC News piece, more than 70 Democratic Congressmen are calling for Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself  if and when any of the legal challenges to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act reach the Supreme Court. (And it’s certainly looking to be a matter of “when” and not “if.”) The House Read more…

Stopping the Revolving Door

February 14th, 2011 by

Professional development plus mentoring plus a strong focus on the Founding documents can help equip early career teachers to find satisfaction in their career.

The Debate Over Raw Foods

February 11th, 2011 by

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The Healthcare Act, Federalism, and the Commerce Clause

February 10th, 2011 by

Tension between state and federal power has increased with the recent U.S. District Court ruling that the entire Affordable Healthcare Act is unconstitutional. While two courts have upheld the Act’s constitutionality, this ruling highlights important questions regarding what the national government is and is not permitted to do. Have your students been discussing the controversy? Read more…

Feed me! Freedom of Consumption in the News

February 8th, 2011 by

Two stories about food, personal liberty, and government regulation have been in the news over the past few weeks. The first story reported the defeat of a “Food Freedom” bill in Wyoming that would have allowed consumers to purchase homemade food items that were not monitored or inspected by the government. The bill excluded food Read more…

News on the Healthcare Law, and a 30-Year Old Eminent Domain Lawsuit

February 3rd, 2011 by

  There’s been a lot of conversation and controversy around the Affordable Healthcare Act as state and federal courts decide its constitutionality. Most recently, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the entire law was unconstitutional because it included an individual mandate (or requirement that all citizens purchase health insurance). The suit, which 26 states Read more…