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 [...]
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 get diploma,” July 16]. A good understanding of civics leads to better participation in our democracy and inspires a greater [...]
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 in Tennessee. Eventually, the Supreme Court settled many of the issues about the Scopes case in 1968, in a decision [...]
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 16, 1790 put the nation’s capital in current-day Washington as part of plan to appease pro-slavery states who feared a [...]
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 suggested the idea to the Secret Service, which approved of the new mode of transportation, seeing it as safer and [...]
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 14th Amendment (ratified July 9, 1868). Here’s what you need to know: WHAT IT DOES The 14th Amendment defines U.S. citizenship, including black Americans. WHY IT WAS ADDED The 14th Amendment was the second of three Reconstruction Amendments passed in the years following the Civil War. The 13th [...]
Today we celebrate the anniversary of the 26th Amendment (ratified July 1, 1971). Here’s what you need to know: WHAT IT DOES The 26th Amendment lowered the voting age from 21 to 18 years old. WHY IT WAS ADDED With the draft during the Vietnam War came increasing pressure to lower the voting age. If [...]
It's summertime, so take playtime outdoors with these kid-friendly games! FamilyFun Magazine's Mary Giles stopped by TODAY to share these three games that both kids and adults will enjoy. United we stand FamilyFun Magazine A steady hand leads to success in this carnival-inspired challenge, in which players try to set a bottle upright using a [...]
Beginning with the legendary rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, historian David Sehat describes how Americans have repeatedly sought out the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. Alexander Heffner, host of The Open Mind on PBS, moderates. Courtesy of and introduction by National Constitution Center CEO, Jeffrey Rosen.