The Kemper Human Rights Education Foundation is 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 a question on American civil liberties and human rights.
TheReDistricting Game is designed to educate, engage, and empower students around the issue of political redistricting. The game provides a basic introduction to the redistricting system, allows players to explore the ways in which abuses can undermine the system, and provides information about reform initiatives, including a playable version of the Tanner Reform Bill to demonstrate the ways in which the system might be made more consistent with tenets of good governance.
Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) works to educate students and the general public on the importance of free speech to a thriving democratic society. FIRE’s Free Speech EssayContest is now open to juniors and seniors in US high schools, including homeschooled students, and US citizens attending schools overseas.
Prior to the 2018 midterm elections, Facing History and Ourselves created a teaching idea that offers approaches to addressing the results of the midterms with students, no matter what the outcome. By giving students time to pause and reflect, process and think critically, teachers can model civil discourse and support their students’ civic development.
The Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) has developed assessments of civiconline reasoning—the ability to judge the credibility of the information that floods young people’s smartphones, tablets, and computer screens. Discussions about politics and public policy, for example, increasingly take place on social media.