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Retired Supreme Court justice warns of "dangerous state of civics knowledge"

(08/10/09 4:41pm)

If the various surveys from the last several years pointing out the deplorable state of American civics education and understanding weren't convincing enough, recently retired Supreme Court Justice David Souter — noting that two-thirds of Americans can't name all three branches of the American government — told those attending the American Bar Association's annual meeting this month that such ignorance is "dangerous" and "something to worry about." It is certainly something that we at the SPLC — where, working with students and school officials, we see the effects of such ignorance and lack of appreciation on a regular basis — have been talking about for years.


Student photojournalist's Woodstock coverage featured at Newseum

(08/11/09 11:52am)

If you’re in the D.C. area between now and October 31, make time to check out the Newseum’s recently opened “Woodstock at 40” photo gallery – not just for the story, but for the story behind the story. The back-story is that major news organizations largely underestimated the significance of the upstate New York music festival.