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Mass. families challenge "political" choice of teaching materials under 1st Amendment

(10/12/09 4:49pm)

First Amendment lawyers are asking a federal appeals court in Boston to decide that students' First Amendment rights were violated when the state of Massachusetts deleted items from a list of "approved" history teaching materials, for what the students allege were political reasons. The case, Griswold v.

Another warning about the sad state of American civics education

(10/15/09 8:33pm)

Lou Ureneck, chairman of the journalism department at Boston University, has a column in The Boston Globe this week that sounds yet another warning bell about the "sorry" (I might substitute "scary") state of our nation's "civic health" and the impact it has -- and will continue to have -- on political discourse in the United States.

Finally -- some good news about civics ed!

(10/19/09 1:53pm)

It looks like the incoming president of the American Bar Association has been reading many of the same alarming surveys we've discussed and has seen enough: He intends to make civics education the hallmark issue of his presidency. ABA President-Elect Stephen Zack said in an interview this week that he wants the group, the largest voluntary professional organization in the world with more than 400,000 lawyer and law-student members, to take a leadership role in creating a pilot program with other bar associations that would give students from every high school in the country the opportunity to participate in an educational course that would immerse them in civics.