Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of public speaking. Here is a look at the Dream speech and other addresses that moved people – and [...]

Happy Birthday 19th Amendment

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (ratified on August 18, 1920). Here’s what you need to know:   The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied [...]

Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

Eight states—Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin—passed laws in 2015 that require students to pass some version of the test given to immigrants applying to become naturalized U.S. citizens in [...]

It was 250 years ago today: the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 250 years ago today that the seeds of revolution were planted in an angry Boston, when protesters let their feelings known [...]

Eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years….

U.S. eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years in their knowledge of history, geography and civics, as evidenced by the results of a national test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress called [...]

Civics education can increase participation

I applaud the goal of the Civics Education Initiative’s effort to be sure Iowa students have a basic understanding of government and civics prior to graduation [“Goup says Iowa students should pass civics test to [...]