Author: Brian

Weekly News Roundup

This Week in Civics: More States Go Down the Testing Road

Drawing of a chalkboard with the word "Test" written in chalk and underlined.

Each week, I like to take a moment to reflect on what’s happening around the country (and sometimes the world) with regards to civics education. So here’s a look at some news articles from the past week. The common theme this week: testing. More States Move Towards Requiring the Citizenship Test My google alert this […]

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Three Examples of StudentCam Winners from 2017

It’s January, and that means that the deadline for StudentCam 2018 is rapidly approaching. Submissions to the contest are due by Thursday, January 18. If you’re not familiar with the contest, StudentCam is an annual documentary competition hosted by C-SPAN. Students create a 5-7 minute documentary on a given theme, incorporating archival C-SPAN footage in […]

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Weekly News Roundup

This Week in Civics: Should Voting Be Required?

Rand Paul at the Voting Booth. Should voting be required?

Every week, I take a moment to look back over news and op-eds related to civics education to see what’s going on around the country (and sometimes the world). Let’s dive in and see what’s going on. Should Voting Be Required? The Times of Trenton published an editorial titled, “To protect democracy, every adult in […]

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Three Economics Essential Questions For Your Social Studies Class

Picture of a castle with the title, "Is the Economy Fair? And Other Essential Questions About Economics."

It’s a common complaint today that people don’t know how the government works and that they don’t learn anything about civics in schools. One reason for that is that we often misuse social studies courses – setting them up as history courses dominated by facts and chronology. Instead, we should organize these classes around a […]

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Civic Spotlight

Civic Spotlight: Teaching Controversial Issues in a Red State

Students holding a flag and pledging allegiance

This week’s Civic Spotlight comes from an educator in Nebraska. If you’ve got a story to tell about being a civic educator, head over to the Submissions page. We’d love to hear it and share it with our readers. I live in a very red state. Nebraska’s entire Congressional delegation is Republican, and the state […]

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