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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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Ashbrook Teacher Points Hometown Students to the Broader World

Adena Barnette teaches American history and civics in her hometown of Ripley, West Virginia, at the school from which she, her parents and grandparents all graduated. Yet she works to point her students to a broader world. Barnette, a 2014 … Continue reading »

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Ashbrook Teacher Uses 50 Core American Documents to Transform College History Course

Kristy Taylor sees American History classes as an opportunity to teach critical thinking skills. This semester, she decided to make Ashbrook’s 50 Core American Documents collection an integral part of two courses she teaches at Palm Beach State College–Belle Glade, … Continue reading »

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U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander Receives 2015 John M. Ashbrook Award

Ashbrook Cites Senator’s Unwavering Commitment to History & Civics Education The Ashbrook Center at Ashland University presented the 2015 John M. Ashbrook Award to U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) last night at a special reception at the Library of Congress in … Continue reading »

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