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 [...]

‪‎On This Day‬ in 1925, a verdict was reached in the famous Scopes Monkey Trial—an epic battle over the teaching of evolution.

On July 21, 1925, the famous Scopes Monkey trial over teaching evolution in public schools concluded. Mostly remembered today was the clash between two legendary public figures. But the legal fight didn’t end that day [...]

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16 is a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It’s the 225th anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C. The Residence Act of July [...]

As Joe Foss would say,

once a Marine, always a Marine in service & defense of our country. Today, the Joe Foss Institute & all Americans say Semper Fi.

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 [...]