A lesson from the Mikva Challengeprogram about the attack on the US Capitol offers ways educators can provide students opportunities to share their reactions, thoughts, and emotions about the events of January 6 in Washington, DC.
In 1814, British troops marched on Washington, DC, intent on striking a blow against the capital city during the War of 1812. The first public building they encountered was the unfinished Capitol. A feature of eight videos on the US Capitol’s website describes what the Capitol looked like at that time, how the British attempted to destroy it, and how their actions shaped the future of the building.
According to the news platformNewscompare, just 41 percent of Americans believe the mass media report the news “fully, accurately and fairly.” Even fewer Americans who are politically involved believe what they see on television, read in newspapers, or hear on radio.
In September 2020, the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College opened an exhibit called Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond to create a dialogue on women’s rights and women in politics over the last 100 years. With a diverse group of women and nonbinary artists working in photography, painting, printmaking, collage, textile, and sculpture, Never Done manifests a multiplicity of women’s experiences, views, and modes of expression.
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting,in Washington, DC, invites students around the world to enter the 2020 Local Letters forGlobal Change contest. Students can make their voice heard this election season by writing a letter to a local elected representative that explains the global issue they want their local official to prioritize.