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The Pledge of Allegiance & Anthem: Protest, and Controversy (NCSS; National Constitution Center; First Amendment Center; Library of Congress; and more)

* The Pledge of Allegiance, its history, and the addition of the phrase "under God" can serve as a jumping off point into major themes of U.S. history and First Amendment freedoms. Here is a free article in Social Education, September 2013 by Eric C. Groce, Tina Heafner, and Elizabeth Bellows:

Content is not Curriculum: Making and Using the Best in OER

Learn about the lessons of the Big History Project as an effort to create a great OER course. How should we think about skills development as in the Inquiry Arc? How will teachers come to understand and improve these materials? How do OER communities become communities of practice?
High School students can experience a new world and expand their horizons by studying abroad as part of their high school experience. The U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers scholarships to high school students (ages 15-18) to study abroad for one academic year. International exchange programs give students the opportunity to establish long-lasting ties with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop global leadership skills. Previous language study is not required.
Today’s students will be graduating into a world that is ever more interconnected. One in ten Americans is foreign born, and local communities—urban, suburban, and rural—are growing more diverse. Our students will be working with people from different cultures, whether as part of a diverse community here at home or as part of an international team. To take advantage of global market opportunities, companies want employees with the knowledge and skills to work across cultures.
October 24, 2017 - 9:00pm EDT
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and author and activist Janet Mock see their basic assumptions about their families challenged, placing their ancestors — of all colors — into the greater context of black history through genetic analysis and traditional historiographic sleuthing.
About the series: Join Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to uncover the surprising ancestral stories of 28 guests, including Scarlett Johansson, Larry David, Amy Schumer, Ted Danson, Paul Rudd, Lupita Nyong'o, Carmelo Anthony and Ta-Nehisi Coates. 10/24

The Vietnam War (Ken Burns/PBS)

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history. the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.
Monday, September 4, 2017 - 9:00pm


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