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, [...]
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” [...]
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 [...]