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On this day in 1957, Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the first president to ride in the newest advance in aviation technology: the helicopter.
Although experimental military helicopters had been tested since 1947, it was not until 10 years later that a president considered using the new machine for short, official trips to and from the White House. Eisenhower suggested the idea to the Secret Service, which approved of the new mode of transportation, seeing it as safer and [...]
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 14th Amendment (ratified July 9, 1868). Here’s what you need to know: WHAT IT DOES The 14th Amendment defines U.S. citizenship, including black Americans. WHY IT WAS ADDED The 14th Amendment was the second of three Reconstruction Amendments passed in the years following the Civil War. The 13th [...]
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 26th Amendment (ratified July 1, 1971). Here’s what you need to know: WHAT IT DOES The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years old. WHY IT WAS ADDED With the draft during the Vietnam War came increasing pressure to lower the voting age. If [...]
It's summertime, so take playtime outdoors with these kid-friendly games! FamilyFun Magazine's Mary Giles stopped by TODAY to share these three games that both kids and adults will enjoy. United we stand FamilyFun Magazine A steady hand leads to success in this carnival-inspired challenge, in which players try to set a bottle upright using a [...]
Beginning with the legendary rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, historian David Sehat describes how Americans have repeatedly sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS, moderates. Courtesy of and introduction by National Constitution Center CEO, Jeffrey Rosen.
"As the school year comes to a close, it is worth considering what our children have learned this year. Not just with respect to the “three Rs” of reading, writing, and ’rithmetic, but also with respect to their country’s government, its founding principles, and their rights and responsibilities as citizens." Read the rest.
Congratulations Kimberly Koiser (right), U.S. Government teacher at Kathleen High School at Lakeland, FL. Koiser is the winner of an iPad and $100 credit toward educational apps. She simply booked a VIP presentation and was entered into the drawing. JFI Veteran volunteer Julie Graham (Army – OIF) spoke to the class, and was on-hand for [...]
"Beginning in 2016, Louisiana high school students will have to demonstrate the same knowledge about American government that is required to become a U.S. citizen. The Louisiana Civics Education Initiative passed through the legislature this spring. Gov. Bobby Jindal is expected to sign it into law in the coming weeks."
Louisiana high school students will have to demonstrate the same knowledge about American government that is required to become a U.S. citizen. Learn more about the Civics Education Initiative that is now 8 states strong! Has your state enacted the legislation?