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Op Ed: Schools must beef up civics, history lessons before we lower the voting age

By Patrick Maloney House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed a proposal to lower the legal voting age from 18 to 16 in federal elections, and several Democratic presidential hopefuls also are touting the idea. Whatever you might think initially of … Continue reading »

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Start with the Declaration of Independence

Greg Balan—like many teachers across America—faces challenges in the classroom well beyond what could fairly be included in his job description. Greg, who teaches regular and Advanced Placement US History in Fort Myers, FL, sees a wide range of students … Continue reading »

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Rediscovering America: Revolutionary War Quiz

Rediscovering America: Revolutionary War Quiz by Robert McDonald On April 19, 1775, the battles of Lexington and Concord marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. The Americans’ success in their war for independence from Great Britain made room for the … Continue reading »

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Rediscovering America: Vietnam War Quiz

Rediscovering America: Vietnam War Quiz National Vietnam War Veterans Day officially is observed March 29, which is the date in 1973 when the last of American combat troops were withdrawn from Vietnam.   The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center … Continue reading »

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A Teacher Changes Focus, Building Reading Skills and Changing Lives

What began as a job change for family convenience became a passion for Debbie Napier, an eighth grade social studies teacher in Harlan County, Kentucky. It would not have happened had Napier not discovered Ashbrook’s Teaching American History programs. As … Continue reading »

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Op-Ed: Covering up paintings of Columbus imprisons history

The following article was written by Ashbrook’s Director of Teacher Programs, David Tucker. It has been published in newspapers across the nation and is part of an ongoing debate about Christopher Columbus’s legacy.    The University of Notre Dame plans … Continue reading »

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The Exponential Influence of One Ashbrook Teacher

Alan Vitale was a researcher at the Fifth Circuit Federal Court in Houston when he decided to do something more important. “I left to teach, because teaching has an impact on the next generation that will far outlive any of the … Continue reading »

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Presidents Day Quiz

Presidents Day Quiz Presidents Day, which became an official holiday in 1971 after an executive order by then President Richard Nixon, is February 18. The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, Ashland, Ohio, provides an opportunity for … Continue reading »

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Former Executive Director and Current Deputy Director Honored with Mentor Awards

Roger Beckett, Ashbrook’s executive director from 2013 to 2018, was posthumously awarded a Mentor Award by Ashland University. Patrick Maloney, Ashbrook’s Deputy Director, was also honored with an award. The Mentor Award recognizes faculty or staff at Ashland University who … Continue reading »

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Civil Rights Movement Quiz

Rediscovering America: Civil Rights Movement Quiz Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a public holiday in 1983 after President Ronald Reagan signed the legislation establishing it.   The quiz below, from the Ashbrook Center at Ashland University in Ohio, provides … Continue reading »

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