The Kemper Human Rights Education Foundationis offering a $1,000 first prize and a $500 second prize to high school students in the United States who are judged to have written the best answers to the following question on American civil liberties and human rights: “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) claims that ‘US government policies continue to sanction [that is, condone or permit] human rights violations against immigrants. Do you think the ACLU is right? If so, what policies, laws, or other factors (political, economic, cultural, etc.) are responsible for the violations and what actions should be employed to end them? If you think the ACLU is wrong, explain why it is wrong.” The essays will be judged according to how clearly and effectively students answer the question posed and the extent to which their responses are supported by research.
Deadlines: December 10, 2018 (Human Rights Day), for submissions; winners will be announced and awards presented on January 14, 2019
Presidents Day in 2019 is February 18. On this day, students celebrate the lives of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, their contributions to the United States, and the lives and contributions of all 45 US Presidents. The National Education Association provides resources (lessons, games, videos, and more), organized by grade range (K–5, 6–8, 9–12), which teachers can use in the classroom.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Congress’s passing a constitutional amendment to give women the right to vote. NewseumED offers free online resources to explore the history and struggles of the suffrage movement—from artifacts on the Seneca Falls Convention to a video recounting Susan B. Anthony’s arrest for voting to a timeline on major events in the fight for gender equality.
Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by the Green brothers, Hank Green and John Green, who are notable for their VlogBrothers channel. Crash Course has been working with MediaWise, a project from the nonprofit PoynterInstitute for Media Studies, to help students evaluate the accuracy of digital information.