Our VIP presenters have been busy. During the time leading up to and including the week of Veterans Day, JFI served more than 84,000 students nationwide. Thank you to our Veteran presenters and supporters. You made it happen for these kids!
The Civics Education Initiative (CEI), an affiliate of the Joe Foss Institute, was recently announced and met with rave reviews. The CEI would require high students, as a condition for graduation, to pass a test on 100 basic facts of U.S. history and civics from the United States Citizenship Civics Test - the test all [...]
Next August, a landmark piece of legislation turns 50. The Voting Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, prohibits racial discrimination in voting. This month's installment of the National Constitution Center's Civics in Literature initiative features suggested readings and activities designed to teach students about the struggles faced by African Americans and women [...]
Ryan M. Pitts, a former Army staff sergeant from New Hampshire, is the ninth living veteran of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest honor for battlefield valor. Pitt's mission that day in June 2008 was to be his last before returning home from his second tour of Afghanistan. For the [...]
On July 8, 1776, popular legend says the Liberty Bell rang to symbolize America’s independence from Great Britain. But many “facts” about the Bell, such as the 1776 ringing, are shrouded in mystery. For example, how did the Liberty Bell get its famous crack? Did it really ring on July 4, 1776? And where was [...]
Editor's note: This blog post, in part, was first posted by the National Constitution Center and the African American Museum in Philadelphia. The dates, June 18th and 19th have a poignant meaning that reaches back in history. It was on these days in 1865 that the Union Army brought news of emancipation to African Americans [...]
Here is a clip of our CEO & President Lucian Spataro, Jr., Ph.D. and JFI board member Karrin Taylor on a recent program discussing the Institute and our 2014 Stars in Service event.
Get ready to channel your inner film maker and earn up to $5,000 for college! The Joe Foss Institute’s 2014 Fall Video Scholarship Contest is now accepting entries. Good news – you (or someone you know) have until October 19, 2014 to enter. The assignment is simple really. Using the theme – Keepers of the [...]
As we look to celebrate Flag Day (and the birthday of the U.S. Army) on June 14, here are some suggested books and activities for teaching students about the American flag and the Army. FEATURED BOOK This is the Rope by Jacqueline Woodson The American flag plays a central role in our country's history. In [...]