Sran: Schools Are Missing the Mark in Civic Education

Are America’s schools failing or succeeding? To answer this question, we first have to decide what is the most important thing schools do. Usually, we evaluate schools using standardized test scores, including tests that are state-level (SOL), national (NAEP), international (TIMSS), or for college admissions (SAT or ACT). But this only makes sense if the most important thing schools do is to produce high scores in English and math. Similarly, while preparing students for college or for employment are important goals, neither is the most important.

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Sran: What Does The Vandalism of the Ashburn Colored School Teach Us?

For over 18 months, students, teachers, and parents at Loudoun School for the Gifted have been working, with the community’s support, to restore a small, forgotten building in the heart of Ashburn. Though it looked like nothing more than a neglected storage shed, this is the oldest school in Ashburn, serving African American children from 1892 to 1959.

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Sran: A Teachable Moment

George Washington set the standard for those who seek the office of president. He was the most highly esteemed military and civilian figure in the nation when he was elected. In every setting, he served as the model of dignified and self-disciplined conduct. As a general, at the end of the Revolutionary War he preserved civilian control of the military by preventing the use of military force against Congress. As president, he was not tempted to hold on to power and retired to Mount Vernon voluntarily after two terms, ensuring the peaceful transition of power in our new republic. His example has preserved our nation for more than 225 years.

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