A responsible citizen is an informed citizen. Knowledge is power. Let's teach our children and grandchildren to be powerful. We hope you find the following sites and information useful.
GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS AND SYMBOLS
Learn more about the Constitution by visiting the site of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
Want to know more about the Statue of Liberty, a world heritage site, and one of the most photographed statues in the world? Look here!
Learn about the American Flag at this official Federal site.
ABOUT OUR GOVERNMENT
Learn about our President, the First Family, the White House and how our government works
Find current Congressional legislation and debates, Supreme Court decisions, executive orders and our federal budget at this site.
US HISTORY RESOURCES
Explore dozens of remarkable exhibits from our national archives, which include our nation's human and civil rights history, exceptional panoramic US photos, and much more.
Discover a treasure trove of multi-media historical resources: from footage of Presidential elections to clips of speeches by great figures in American history.
What sets us apart from all other nations? Our National Parks. Go on a virtual tour, encounter their beauty, and learn some history.
Part of raising great citizens is telling them stories about our lives that can help them to understand who they are. Not all of us are born storytellers. Get help here.
Another way to teach your kids what matters to you is to write it down. This site features 500 word (or less) essays from thousands of people, ordinary and famous, who have reflected on their core beliefs since the 1950s. The original idea came from the brilliant broadcaster, Edward R. Murrow.
Ellis Island was the first gateway into America for millions of immigrants. If your family entered America through Ellis Island, you may be able to use their excellent search engine to find the official entry document, ship register listing your ancestor(s) and a picture of the ship they came in on.
According to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), 92% of immigrants who take the required civics test for citizenship pass. Yet, studies of Oklahoma and Arizona High School students showed less than 4% of students passing the same test. (Source: Daily Kos http://tinyurl.com/pphtqke)
Civics education is no longer taught in most of our schools. Since 1969, The Center for Civic Education has worked in all 50 states to raise the standards and presence of civic learning for all children in all schools.
Civics is not taught in our colleges either. Since 1953, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute has worked to improve civic literacy on our college campuses. In 2007, only 54% of 14,000 graduating seniors from 50 schools nationwide could pass a basic 60 question multi-choice civics exam. Take the test and see how you do.
Freedoms Feast encourages civic engagement. We are also politically neutral. This site is provocative but not partisan. It claims that America and our purpose from its beginning was inherently progressive. If we live that way, our laws, choices, and use of resources reflect that understanding. Do you agree?
Volunteering with your children and grandchildren is one of the best ways to show them what you care about and why. These great sites help you to match your passions with your family’s location and capabilities.
FOOD AND CELEBRATION IDEAS
Research tells us that family dinners benefit children and teens in many ways. Some of our most lasting memories come from the meals we share together and the time we spend gathered around a table. Check out these sites for holiday celebration suggestions and recipes.
http://thefamilydinnerbook.com Look for The Family Dinner, a great book by Laurie David filled with family-friendly recipes, helpful tips and support for the modern family at your local library or online.
http://thefamilydinnerproject.org Visit this new grassroots family dinner site with wonderful resources for enriching and encouraging great conversations, healthy meals and lasting memories.
SPECIAL THANKSGIVING RESOURCES
Visit the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute. Home to over 800,000 artifacts and 300,000 images, the museum is committed to telling the story of the Native cultures of the western hemisphere. This includes our own country’s shameful and difficult history of encounters with Native American Indians.