I have a piece in today’s Education Weekly regarding the Teaching American History grants. Unfortunately it is behind the Education Weekly firewall, but you can read the first few paragraphs here.
Here is a taste:
If we are serious about ending the culture wars, strengthening education, and teaching a new generation of citizens that they are part of something larger than themselves, we need to urge the U.S. Senate to continue to fund the Teaching American History , or TAH, grants program.
At the moment, the House of Representatives has already targeted the program for elimination. But Congress has yet to resolve its fiscal year 2011 funding bill. In other words, according to Lee White, the executive director of the Washington-based National Coalition for History, it is still possible to save these grants if we are willing to write our United States senators and urge them to do something about preserving this vital program.
Since 2002, the TAH program has allocated nearly $1 billion in federal funds to school districts for the purpose of improving the teaching of American history. The program was the brainchild of the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, who used his influence in Congress to make sure that it was funded. Since then it has received bipartisan support and, by all indicators, it has been a great success.
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