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Doing right by Ike

In the last few weeks, The Weekly Standard has published two articles discussing Dwight D. Eisenhower and the proposed memorial in honor of him, designed by architect Frank Gehry.


To increase knowledge of civics, try teaching civics

Responding to the new study by the Educational Testing Service, “Fault Lines in Our Democracy: Civic Knowledge, Voting Behavior, and Civic Engagement in the United States” (which we covered here), the Hudson Institute’s Bruce Cole has an op-ed in the Washington Examiner that takes issue with the report’s suggested corrective measures to increase students’ civic knowledge and levels of civic engagement.


Event re-cap: Monumental Fights

Missed Friday’s discussion on “Monumental fights: The role of memorials in civic life”? Don’t worry–you can watch the video of the event here, read about it it in the Washington Examiner, or check out our event re-cap.


Revising Eisenhower–and his Memorial

The Washington Examiner reports that revisions to the proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial will be revealed on Tuesday.


A nation of historical amnesiacs

In March, an Independent Task Force sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations released its report, U.S. Education Reform and National Security. The Task Force, chaired by Joel Klein, former head of New York City public schools, and Condoleezza Rice, former U.S. secretary of state, warns that “education failure puts the United States’ future economic prosperity, global position, and physical safety at risk.” The lack of adequate civic education played a large part in the report’s scathing indictment, with the Task Force noting that, in addition to K-12 schools failing to teach students adequate math and science skills, they “are also neglecting to teach civics, the glue that holds our society together.”