Tag: civics education

Should school lunches be free for all? A pandemic experiment. See more national education news here

| April 20, 2021
Should school lunches be free for all? A pandemic experiment. See more national education news here

Ever since March 2020, when the pandemic was declared, schools across the United States have been ground zero in a massive, accidental experiment in universal free meals. All public school children are for the first time experiencing equal access to food, no questions asked.

But the idea of providing universal free meals requires a certain shift in thought – and budgets – that not everyone agrees with.

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Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions. See more national education news here

| March 2, 2021
Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions. See more national education news here

… For many close observers, a direct line can be drawn from today’s civics crises to a long-standing failure to adequately teach American government, history and civic responsibility. Breadth has been emphasized over depth, they say, and the cost is a citizenry largely ignorant of the work needed to sustain a democracy.

Now, a diverse collection of academics, historians, teachers, school administrators and state education leaders is proposing an overhaul of the way civics and history are taught to American K-12 students. And they’re calling for a massive investment of funds, teacher training and curriculum development to help make that happen.

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School districts grapple with coronavirus quarantines, face masks and fear. See more national education news here

| February 25, 2020
School districts grapple with coronavirus quarantines, face masks and fear. See more national education news here

In one school district, families are pulling their kids out of school. In others, students show up in face masks.

Educators in another Southern California community agreed to suspend an exchange program to keep visiting Chinese students out of quarantine.

School districts across the U.S., particularly those with large Asian American populations, have scrambled to respond to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which has killed more than 1,500 people and sickened tens of thousands more, almost all in China.

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Teaching students to be civic-minded, and civil about it. See more national education news here

| January 7, 2020
Teaching students to be civic-minded, and civil about it. See more national education news here

There was a time in this country when you had to be a white, male landowner to vote. While that’s changed, many people who could use American democracy’s fundamental tool still don’t.

More women voted in the 2018 midterm elections than men, but voter turnout for whites was much higher than all other ethnic groups — although the percentage of increase for those of Asian and Hispanic origin is growing more rapidly. The same goes for young people.

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Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

| March 19, 2019
Senate panel approves bill to allow loaded firearms on campus. See more state education news here

It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school. But legislation that cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on a 4-3 party-line vote also would permit high schoolers who are at least 18 to bring and keep loaded weapons in their vehicles. And that alarmed some foes of HB 2693 who said it creates the opportunity for what starts out as a spat among students to quickly escalate if one goes out to the parking lot to retrieve the weapon.

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