By Emily Connor Many people in the U.S. are enjoying a three-day weekend—a work- and school-free Presidents’ Day. The holiday originated as a celebration of George Washington’s birthday (February 22) and was officially declared a federal holiday by an act of Congress in 1879. The holiday was officially assigned the third Monday in February by the “Uniform Monday Holiday Act” in 1971. Interestingly, this means … Continue reading 4 Facts to Puzzle You on Presidents Day
POLITICS The federal government failed to pass a spending bill, causing the first government shutdown since 2013. This process will complicate many lives—those of federal workers and the millions of Americans who rely on them. (Washington Post) Remember the last shutdown? Use our study guide to compare and contrast the impact on government and everyday citizens. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key … Continue reading What’s Up with the Shutdown?
WORLD North Korea and South Korea will march together at the opening ceremony under a unification flag. (NPR) Who will not be marching at the Olympics? Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas In a historic move, North Korea and South Korea will march together in next month’s Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Why … Continue reading Koreans Will March Together at the Olympics
WORLD Climate change is so quickly melting the far north that nine nations and the European Union just agreed to prohibit commercial fishing in the high seas of the Arctic for at least 16 years. (National Geographic) Familiarize your students with the Arctic using our activity and reference resources. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading New Agreement Prohibits Fishing in the Arctic
POLITICS President Donald Trump sharply reduced the size of two national monuments by about two million acres, the largest rollback of federal land protection in the nation’s history. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology is one of the groups suing the government over the decision. (Science) Why is the Trump administration rethinking the scope of national monuments? Use our study guide to find out. Teachers, scroll … Continue reading Why Are Paleontologists Suing the Trump Administration?