You spoke, we listened
In spring 2010, a nationally representative, random sample of 866 public high school social studies teachers and an oversample of 245 social studies teachers from private high schools* were asked what content, skills or knowledge are most important. The teachers ranked the Bill of Rights at the top, saying it was absolutely essential for high schools to teach students “to identify the protections guaranteed by the Bill of Rights.”
In addition, virtually all of the teachers (94 percent) said they used controversies in current events as teaching opportunities to get students engaged and to model civil debate and discussion. Eighty-six percent said they also brought current events into class lessons.
And then we created this website for you
This website, launched in 2011, connects our award-winning, comprehensive curriculum on the Constitution to daily civics news and student discussion.
And when we say "connects," we really mean it. Daily, our nonpartisan writers sift through national and local news and select current events expressly for social studies classrooms. And at least once a week, they write an article on a portion of this news with links to our multimedia curriculum. You can use these articles — we call them “Speak Outs” — in your class or right here online. When your students “Speak Out” at AnnenbergClassroom.org, they participate in a moderated, national dialogue of their peers.
We publish up to 5 news stories a day, many media resources each year, and at least one Speak Out each week during the school year.
Whether you're here for civics news, student discussion, outstanding multimedia on the Constitution -- or the engaging connection among all three -- welcome!
If you find AnnenbergClassroom.org valuable, please subscribe to our RSS feed, below. You will receive a feed when a Speak Out is posted. The RSS feed is an excellent tool for class preparation, and students use it to spot the latest Speak Out and dive in. Did we mention student engagement?
We consider it a great honor to help you help your students understand their rights and begin their participation in American democracy. Thank you for your time, and please let us know how we're doing.
*Schmitt, G. J., Hess, F. H., Farkas, S., Duffet, A. M., Miller, C., & Schutte, J. M. (September 2010). High Schools, Civics, and Citizenship: What Social Studies Teachers Think and Do. American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).
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