More than half of high-school juniors in Delaware do not fully understand government, data show, despite a state mandate to teach social students and about the US Constitution. As Constitution Day is celebrated today, various scholars share thoughts about what's behind a lack of knowledge about history, government and the Constitution.
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Students in Texas no longer may be required to learn about some historical figures, including Helen Keller and Hillary Clinton, during social studies classes after last week's preliminary vote by the state board of education. A final vote on the changes, which do not restrict teachers from creating lessons using the excluded figures, is scheduled for November.
School districts with fully interoperable computer systems will be better able to use technology to improve student learning, according to the Consortium for School Networking. The group released two tools to help assess and support more interoperability, including an online self-assessment and a maturity model.
Students at one Utah elementary school have recycled nearly 50 tons of paper and cardboard as they learn more about conservation. The school has seven recycling containers and the effort yields about $700 a year, which officials say have been used to plant trees and build and maintain an outdoor classroom.
A class of Tennessee fifth-grade students are creating "Art Acts of Kindness" by writing inspirational quotes or drawing art on ceramic tiles. Teacher Lisa Redditt places the tiles in various locations around the community along with instructions for how those who find them can use social media to send messages to students and pass the tile to others.
Anthony Ray Hinton to speak at NCSS Annual Conference
Anthony Ray Hinton spent nearly 30 years on death row in Alabama for murders that he didn't commit. With the help of Bryan Stevenson (founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative), Hinton was exonerated and released from prison in April 2015. Register for the 2018 Annual Conference in Chicago to hear him speak. Learn more.