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What Your State Is Doing To Beef Up Civics Education

August 2nd, 2018|

July 21, 20185:57 AM ET EMILY CARDINALI Deborah Lee/NPR Fake news. Record-low voting turnout. Frequent and false claims from elected officials. Vitriol in many corners of political debate. These are symptoms we hear of all the time that our democracy is not so healthy. And those factors might be why many states are turning to [...]

Here Are 12 Facts Every High School Kid In US May Need To Know

June 6th, 2018|

Can you and your kids pass the same test new U.S. citizens must pass and correctly answer the 100 questions? We present 12 of them here. By Beth Dalbey, Patch National Staff | Jan 29, 2018 3:10 pm ET | Updated Jan 31, 2018 8:48 pm ET Do you know what rights are protected in the Constitution and how it differs [...]

In Iowa, All High School Graduates Might First Have to Take a Citizenship Test. Can You Answer These 15 Questions?

June 6th, 2018|

By LAURA FAY | February 11, 2018 Who was president during World War I? Name one author of the Federalist Papers. If both the president and the vice president can no longer serve, who becomes president? These are three questions that can appear on the occasionally daunting test that’s required to become a citizen of the United States [...]

Better civics education in schools? Yes, please

June 6th, 2018|

William Brown / Op-Art  When it comes to civics education, what students get has been inconsistent from district to district, state officials say. Fortunately, that will soon change. By  Seattle Times editorial board The Seattle Times Educating students about civics and how government works is too important to be left to chance. Yet to some [...]

Nebraska lawmakers to debate testing students on civics

June 6th, 2018|

LINCOLN (AP) — A bill that would require Nebraska students to complete a naturalization test is headed to the floor of the Legislature for debate, even though a committee refused to advance it. Lawmakers took the rare step Thursday of overriding the Education Committee’s decision to hold the bill. The 27-13 vote gives the measure [...]

Across the Street column: Students as well as immigrants should pass civics test

June 6th, 2018|


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 [...]