Blogs tagged "created equal"

Celebrate African American History Month

The plaque in front of August Wilson’s childhood home
This month, in honor of African American History, we offer several new and classic suggestions for teachers looking to incorporate the best open-source—i.e., free—digital humanities resources on history and literature into their classrooms. These resources, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, bridge the gap between the expanding academic scholarship of the black experience and the need for this history to be more widely taught at the K–12 level.Read More »
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“The humanities are…the world's best hope”

LBJ signing NEH and NEA into existence, 1965
Did you ever wonder what the “humanities” are?Did you realize that the federal government provides financial support for the humanities?Did you know that this support is only fifty years old?On Tuesday, September 29, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)—the independent federal agency dedicated to supporting the humanities—will begin the yearlong celebration of its 50th anniversary.  What are the humanities?If we look at the enabling legislation for NEH we find this helpful statement:Read More »
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NCSS Boston 2014: On the Civic Mission of the Schools

On November 20 an NEH colleague and I flew into Boston’s Logan Airport to attend the 94th annual meeting of the National Council for Social Studies. NCSS is the largest association of social studies teachers and curriculum developers in the world and this year’s conference brought together 4,357 teachers and administrators, making it the third largest conference in the organization’s history.Read More »
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Seven Ways to Teach the United States Constitution for September 17

"We the People" from the U.S. Constitution
On September 17 every U.S. educational institution that receives federal grant money is required by law to teach about the United States Constitution. EDSITEment was one of the first federal agencies to establish a Constitution Day feature and over the years it has evolved into a robust minisite of many lessons, vetted websites, games, and videos.Read More »
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Start the year strong: how the humanities can help you move from “the fierce urgency of now” to Gilgamesh

Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at the civil rights march on Washington, 1963
It’s planning time for your opening days/weeks in the classroom. Experienced teachers know that Aristotle was right when he coined the slogan “well begun is half done.” President Obama also just recently reminded us how important it is to be a “good storyteller.” So let EDSITEment help you with your U.S. history, world history, and literature curriculums on both fronts in our new Back to School feature.Read More »
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