VIRTUAL EXPLORATION OF A HISTORIC STUDENT RIGHTS CASE
Fifty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled on a landmark student rights case, Tinker v. Des Moines. Teachers can use NewseumED’s resources to explore the importance of the court ruling, then and now. The case involved Mary Beth Tinker, her brother John, and Christopher Eckhardt, who had been punished for wearing black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War. It remains the leading K–12 First Amendment decision—the baseline for which the vast majority of public student free-expression cases are examined. Teachers and students can sign up for freevirtual classes that explore how far First Amendment protections extend in public schools and why limits may be necessary. They can watch an hour-long webcast that NewseumED conducted with Tinker as student activism swelled following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They can view a video of members of NewseumED’s Student Advisory Team interviewing Tinker as part of a project with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, California, and they can listen to what Tinker has to say about First Amendment freedoms in a six-minute podcast. A free NewseumEd account is required to access the resources.
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.