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The Answer Sheet Archive: History

A Presidents' Day quiz

Test your presidential knowledge with this quiz.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 21, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  History, Quizzes  | Tags:  facts about presidents, presidential trivia, presidents day, presidents day quiz, presidents quiz, u.s. presidents  
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Whom does Presidents' Day really honor?

Ask half a dozen people who President's Day is meant to honor, and you may get half a dozen different answers. There isn't even universal agreement on whether there is an apostrophe in "presidents."

By Valerie Strauss  | February 21, 2011; 2:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  History  | Tags:  abraham lincoln's birthday, george washington's birthday, holidays, lincoln's birthday, national holidays, presidents day, washington's birthday  
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Texas may reopen social studies standards for rewrite

Sharp criticism by a conservative think tank of Texas’s new social studies standards has sparked new debate over the controversial issue and may lead to a rrewriting of the standards.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 18, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  History  | Tags:  fordham institute, history standards, houston chronicle, texas board of education, texas legislature, texas social studies standards, the answer sheet  
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Ronald Reagan's impact on education today

In the category of "the more things change the more they stay the same," it is interesting to look back at Ronald Reagan's education views on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The issues that were controversial back then -- merit pay, standardized testing, vouchers -- remain so today.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 6, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  History, School turnarounds/reform, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  merit pay, reagan, reagan 100, reagan administration, reagan birthday, reagan commemoration, reagan policy, ronald reagan, ronald reagan education, ronald reagan policy, ronald reagan views, standardized testing, vouchers  
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JFK's Harvard application: 'Lackluster' applicant

John F. Kennedy's 1935 application to Harvard College is now online, and it shows him to be something less than a superlative applicant.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 24, 2011; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  History  | Tags:  college application, college essays, harvard application, harvard college, jfk, jfk anniversary, jfk application, jfk documents, jfk library, john f. kennedy, joseph p. kennedy, kennedy family  
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A quiz: Martin Luther King’s unusual education

Martin Luther King Jr., had something of an unusual education. Test yourself on how much you know about it, and then read the answers, which include information that may surprise you about him.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 17, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  History, Quizzes  | Tags:  about martin luther king, day, facts about king, king and education, king facts, martin luther king, martin luther king day, martin luther king jr., mlk, mlk day, mlk facts  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Va. orders history textbook review -- finally, Valerie Strauss , January 13, 2011
Latino studies program in Tucson declared illegal , Valerie Strauss , January 10, 2011
Why Fairfax's textbook recall is surprising, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2011
Take this 1931 8th grade test (you will probably flunk), Valerie Strauss , November 23, 2010
Why are we failing in history, science education?, Valerie Strauss , October 28, 2010
The rich irony in Virginia’s history textbook error, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
Stuff you should know about Columbus , Valerie Strauss , October 11, 2010
Lessons from Virginia's shift on Confederate history, Valerie Strauss , September 24, 2010
Are Texas's social studies standards really so bad? , Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
Texas considers how Islam is portrayed in textbooks, Valerie Strauss , September 15, 2010
Things you should know about Labor Day, Valerie Strauss , September 6, 2010
From a list of ideas to an 11,200-word essay, Valerie Strauss , July 23, 2010
The story behind ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Valerie Strauss , July 11, 2010
Fun July 4 facts: Food, flags, fireworks, etc., Valerie Strauss , July 4, 2010
What Americans don't know about their history, Valerie Strauss , July 3, 2010
Top 5 Independence Day myths, Valerie Strauss , July 3, 2010
Why Arizona targeted ethnic studies , Valerie Strauss , May 25, 2010
Bad standards: Not just in Texas , Valerie Strauss , May 24, 2010
The worst Texas social studies standard? , Valerie Strauss , May 21, 2010
Protesters call IB program un-American. Is it?, Valerie Strauss , May 18, 2010
Did Texas school board abuse its power? , Valerie Strauss , May 13, 2010
Teaching the Civil War: Debate still alive, Valerie Strauss , April 8, 2010
McPherson on slavery and Virginia's governor, Valerie Strauss , April 7, 2010
Texas did not really rewrite history--Sewall, Valerie Strauss , April 7, 2010
James McPherson on Texas history curriculum , Valerie Strauss , April 2, 2010
Texas and its history mess--deja vu all over again, Valerie Strauss , March 17, 2010
Harvard gets first Egyptologist in 68 years, Valerie Strauss , March 2, 2010
Who are we really honoring on Presidents’ Day? , Valerie Strauss , February 15, 2010
North Carolina may cut a year of high school history, Valerie Strauss , February 12, 2010
That first big research paper, Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2010
Academic journal for high schoolers, Valerie Strauss , January 21, 2010
Listening to 'I Have a Dream', Valerie Strauss , January 18, 2010
Answer Sheet to education quiz, Valerie Strauss , January 1, 2010
Readers talk back, Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2009
How should history be taught?, Valerie Strauss , December 14, 2009
 
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