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.
The Olympics Protest is a new assessment from the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) that gauges whether students can identify the historical event depicted in an iconic photograph and evaluate its historical significance. Successful students will draw on their knowledge of the past to identify American track athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raising their fists to protest racial injustice while on the medal stand at the 1968 Olympics and then explain how the event was historically significant.
The American Library is a celebration of the diversity of the American population. Printed in gold on the spines of many of the books in the installation are the names of people who immigrated, or whose antecedents immigrated to the United States. On other books are the names of African Americans who relocated or whose parents relocated out of the American South during The Great Migration.
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.