Happy Birthday 19th Amendment

August 26th, 2015|

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 or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce [...]

Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

August 19th, 2015|

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 order to graduate from high school, according to a recent article in The New Yorker. And the Joe Foss Institute, [...]

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

August 14th, 2015|

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 about unjust taxes. On August 14, 1765, outrage boiled over in the city. Protesters organized as the “Sons of Liberty” [...]

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

August 11th, 2015|

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 the 2014 Nation’s Report Card. The NAEP test included a representative sample comprised of 29,000 eighth-graders across the country, in [...]