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Posts tagged as “civics”

Our view: Civics education is key to saving America from itself

Editorial Board – The Columbus Dispatch |

With fears of more political violence akin to the Capitol insurrection, growing cynicism in the country and a general mistrust of government, America is very much in need of a new civics lesson and new ways to teach it.

Enter Educating for American Democracy, an initiative funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Education Department, which offers a framework that states and local school districts can use to improve U.S.

Trump’s ‘1776 Commission’ report excuses slavery, condemns legacy of civil rights movement

Matthew Brown, USA TODAY |

On the evening of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the White House released the final report from its “1776 Commission” – a document that excuses America’s history of slavery, derides the legacy of the civil rights movement and equates progressivism with totalitarianism. 

The report compiles disparate references and quotations throughout American history to argue that the country must return to “patriotic education” in schools and for American families to “raise up morally responsible citizens who love America.”

Last week was tough, teachers say. But it wasn’t the first difficult ‘day after’ they’ve faced

Emma Kate Fittes, The Hechinger Report |

Teachers reflect on five events — from 9/11 to the Capitol attack — and the ensuing classroom conversations that have shaped their careers.

‘Hear a child’s perspective’: How America’s teachers talked with kids about Capitol riot

Arika Herron and Sophie Grosserode, Nashville Tennessean via USA TODAY |

Allowing students to lead the conversation and reflect on what they are feeling is one of the strategies for discussing difficult events that the education nonprofit Facing History and Ourselves suggests for civil discourse in the classroom. 

Combating real and perceived bias in the media

Matter of Fact |

Every journalist faces the same challenge. How do we bring our backgrounds and perspectives to the stories we tell while also remaining fair in our coverage of the events?

As part of The Matter of Fact Listening Tour, Soledad O’Brien speaks with three prominent journalists on bias in the media:

Maria Hinajosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA; Luis Rios, director of photography for the San Antonio Express News; and Matter of Fact Special Contributor Joie Chen.
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