Honor American Education Week by perusing this celebration of the miracle of universal education and the role it has played in the democratization of our country. This PBS site is divided into sections that explore many facets of the history and continuing change in public education. Read about some of the hot issues in education, school choice, bilingual education, and high-stakes testing. Although this site is based on a program shown on PBS in 2001, these issues are still being vigorously debated. Also find biographies of visionaries in public education. The evolving classroom is a fascinating section that shows how the nitty-gritty of the physical components of school has changed. http://www.pbs.org/kcet/publicschool/
Today is the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, one of the most moving speeches in American History. This lesson plan has everything you need to help your students understand its importance.
There is a video that gives students a chance to hear The Gettysburg Address as well as a timeline leading up to the Civil War and then proceeding to the time of the presentation of the address. Help your students understand the vocabulary and context of this most important speech, and discuss its relevance for today.http://www.civilwar.org/education/teachers/lesson-plans/gettysburg-address-lesson-plan/the-gettysburg-address-lesson.html