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Require High School Civics Test

March 30th, 2015|

BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL: "In a democratic republic, civics knowledge matters at least as much as math and science. The Civics Education Initiative can only make things better, and every state should be on board." Read the rest.  

National Medal of Honor Day

March 25th, 2015|

The Medal of Honor has been awarded to 3,493 individuals during 26 conflicts, including our own Joe Foss. The greatest commendation our nation can confer is the Medal of Honor. The first Medals of Honor were presented on March 25, 1863. To commemorate this date and all Medal of Honor recipients, Congress declared March 25th [...]

Decoding the Lyrics: “Bad Romance: Women’s Suffrage

March 5th, 2015|

Capture the interest of today's student with the fun and informative music video based on Lady Gaga's hit song, "Bad Romance." Produced by Soomo Publishing, it tells the story of suffragist Alice Paul and her fight for the American woman's right to vote. After presenting the video, use the analysis sheet to Decode the Lyrics. This activity [...]

What would the legendary Joe Foss say about Deflate-gate?

January 30th, 2015|

After serving as a World War II fighter pilot and as South Dakota Governor, in 1959 Joe Foss was the first Commissioner of the American Football League. For six years, he oversaw the league’s expansion, and striking a multi-million dollar deal with ABC to broadcast the league’s games. As one of the key individuals responsible [...]

15 States lookng to pass Civics Education Initiative

January 2nd, 2015|

With Indiana on board, the Civics Education Initiative, an affiliate of the Joe Foss Institute, is now active in 15 states! Our goal is to pass the bill in all 50 states by September 17, 2017 - the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution - because we can't think of a better anniversary present [...]

Elvis was in the Building!

December 22nd, 2014|

Thanks to our friends at the National Constitution Center for this look into history! The secret meeting was brief at the White House, and it involved a U.S. President and a King, of sorts. And even today, it generates more interest at the National Archives, in terms of image requests, than the Constitution or the [...]

Bill of Rights Turns 223!

December 15th, 2014|

Celebrate the 223rd birthday of the Bill of Rights. Join online from 10 am to 3:30 pm for four sets of live events celebrating Bill of Rights Day. Authors will be discussing the Constitution and the historic figures related to it. Thanks to our friends at the National Constitution Center. Justice Brennan’s Fight to Preserve [...]

North Dakota Joins Push for Citizenship Test

December 4th, 2014|

North Dakota became the latest state to join the Civics Education Initiative. First lady Betsey Dalryumple, along with educators and lawmakers, unveiled the bill earlier this week. North Dakota joins seven other states, South Dakota, Arizona, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah currently pushing the test. The pending legislation would require high school seniors to [...]

#Giving Tuesday

December 1st, 2014|

Today, December 2, is a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It’s a day when you can make a big impact on the Joe Foss Institute (JFI). With your help, monies raised today will directly impact students, teachers and veterans. Your contributions help students like Jeff, a tenth-grade student from Arizona. After a Veterans Inspiring Patriotism [...]

Civics Challenged!

November 24th, 2014|

Can you do better than the students below? Three out of every four 12th graders are unable to name a power of Congress granted to them by the Constitution. Get involved and support the Joe Foss Institute and our affiliate, the Civics Education Initiative. Simple in concept, the Civics Education Initiative requires High School students, [...]