What Does ‘Historic’ Mean?

At a recent meeting, a Loudoun supervisor asked a very significant question in a discussion about a Loudoun site. She wanted to know when something is actually historic, and not just old. She said, “My grandmother has stuff in her garage from her mother. I don’t think that stuff is historic, but how do we know?” And how do we know whether a particular building or road or open field in Loudoun is historic in nature?

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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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