History is written by the victors. – Winston Churchill
From the Federal Register:
Applications for New Awards; American History and Civics Education-Presidential and Congressional Academies for American History and Civics
Purpose of Program: The Academies Program supports the establishment of: (1) Presidential Academies for the Teaching of American History and Civics that offer workshops for both veteran and new teachers to strengthen their knowledge of American history, civics, and government education; and (2) Congressional Academies for Students of American History and Civics that provide high school students opportunities to enrich their understanding of these subjects.
The Academies Program supports projects to raise student achievement in American history and civics by improving teachers’ and students’ knowledge, understanding, and engagement with these subjects through intensive workshops with scholars, master teachers, and curriculum experts. Project activities should reflect the best available research and practice in teaching and learning. Presidential Academies will help teachers develop further expertise in the content areas of American history and civics, teaching strategies, use of technologies, and other essential elements of teaching to rigorous college- and career-ready standards. Congressional Academies are intended to broaden and deepen students’ interest in and understanding of American history and civics through the use of content-rich, engaging learning resources and strategies.
Type of Award: Discretionary grants.
Estimated Available Funds: $1,815,000.
Estimated Range of Awards: $300,000-$700,000 per year.
Estimated Average Size of Awards: $500,000 per year.
Estimated Number of Awards: 2-6.
Eligible Applicants: An institution of higher education, or nonprofit educational organization, museum, library, or research center with demonstrated expertise in historical methodology or the teaching of American history and civics; or a consortium of these entities.
History used to be taught at every level of education however the concentration today is at the 5th and 8th Grades only.
Though teaching the truth of history is the best way to combat racism in America, the history taught at these levels is synopsized and diluted to the point where it is basically useless.
How does this initiative hope to increase student knowledge of history when it is not seen as a priority in our children’s education?
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