Through a partnership between Discovery Education and Virginia's York County School Division, a group of fifth- and sixth-grade students were able to document what they learned about the historic Jamestown settlement and Native American culture during a weeklong summer program. The students used iPads to test Board Builder, an application with which they took photos and created videos that can be shared with Discovery Education subscribers.
Four Marines who had served in Iraq and Afghanistan recently visited students in the forensic social science class at Red Bank Regional High School in New Jersey. Invited by social studies teacher April Chichelo, the Marines shared stories of their firsthand experiences in combat, plus their work in rebuilding schools, hospitals and other features of the local infrastructure.
California's historic missions are serving as classrooms for 80 teachers from across the country who want to learn more about the region's history. The teachers attended a recent workshop, funded by a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, that included tours of four missions and sessions with historians and Native American artists. "Going to the missions gives me a better insight and allows me to get more details, to make it more alive for my students," said Tim Deegan, a social studies teacher in New York City.
If the current version of the Student Success Act -- legislation that would replace No Child Left Behind -- is approved by federal lawmakers, President Barack Obama will veto it, White House officials stated. House of Representatives members are expected to vote Friday on the bill, which the Obama administration says has weak education standards, does too little for disadvantaged students and does not address struggling schools.
Harvard University professor Robert D. Putnam in this opinion article notes that funding from the National Science Foundation was critical to the success of influential research he began early in his career. "[I]f the recent amendment by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) that restricts NSF funding for political science had been in effect when I began this research, it never would have gotten off the ground," writes Putnam, who has been awarded a National Humanities Medal.