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Chemistry PhD Learned Essential Intellectual Skills as Ashbrook Scholar

Most Ashbrook Scholars major in history and political science. Some take a minor in the field while focusing on other areas. Among the latter is Alumna Katie Moga, who recently defended her PhD thesis in a cutting-edge area of analytical … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Program Inspires Second Career Teacher

Secondary school social studies teachers pursuing Master’s degrees through Ashbrook’s program pay for credit hours and books because they love the story of America and want to share it with the next generation. They spend evenings after school in online … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Celebrates 30th Memorial Dinner

As we commemorate the 30th Annual John M. Ashbrook Memorial Dinner, the Ashbrook Center looks back on the illustrious speakers who have visited Ashbrook and Ashland, Ohio. Speakers include President Reagan, who inducted the Ashbrook Center in 1983, Clarence Thomas, Lady … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Scholars Reveal Their Lives as Readers in Speech Contest

Public speaking is an art essential to democracy. Yet in most universities today, students must major in communications to practice it. Not so in the Ashbrook Scholar program, which builds practice in speech into every political theory and history seminar. … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Executive Director Consulted as Expert on History and Civics Education

The 2014 NAEP scores in U.S. History and Civics were released and the results are abysmal. With only 18% of the Nation’s eighth graders scoring at or above proficient in History and only 23% at or above proficient in Civics, … Continue reading »

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Peter W. Schramm commentary: Lincoln earned the many tributes he’s receiving

On April 29, 1865, the Lincoln Funeral Train from Washington arrived in Columbus. It was on its way to Springfield, almost exactly retracing the route Lincoln had taken to Washington for his inauguration in 1861. The nearly 1,700-mile trip would take … Continue reading »

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Read what the Founding Fathers had to say: Roger Beckett Op. Ed

Policymakers can’t make up their minds about how standardized tests should be used to measure school and student performance. Congress is considering proposals to reauthorize the No Child Left Behind Act, which expanded the role of standardized tests when it … Continue reading »

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Roger Beckett Op. Ed: Can Civics Instruction Make the Grade?

Spend more time learning what to teach and less time how to teach it If U.S. high-school graduates don’t understand the principles of freedom and equality essential to American government, and the historical roots of these principles, how can we … Continue reading »

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Gordon Lloyd and Jason Ross: Take the civics lessons of James Madison to heart

James Madison, born 264 years ago today, is worth remembering in a significant way. In addition to his political contribution, America’s fourth president left an equally significant legacy as a civic educator. In his writings, Madison teaches Americans four lessons, … Continue reading »

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James Madison Understood Compromise, Humility: Jason Ross Op. Ed

In several states around the country, legislatures are debating whether to modify or even ban the Advanced Placement U.S. History course on grounds that it teaches a critical view of America. Here in Ohio, new regulations will require all students … Continue reading »

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