Current Issues Blog & More

 

Our Current Issues blog helps teachers connect news stories to their classrooms and students. Teaching the news is time-consuming and complicated; by the time you are able to find and process important issues and identify how to teach them, they are old news. This blog will be updated weekly, with links to classroom-ready news items, relevant context, and suggested discussion questions for teachers. 

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black lives matter

Discussing Race & Racism with Students

Post | June 2, 2020

Over the past week, we have witnessed an outpouring of grief and rage that reminds us—again—that democracy is always in the making and that we have a responsibility both to reflect and to act. As civic educators, we naturally turn our attention to what we can do, and what we can teach, that might further […]


COVID 19 Open Sign

Enforcing Social Distancing & Wearing Masks

Post | May 27, 2020

In order to combat the spread of COVID-19, people are making many changes in their habits and routines. Two central recommendations of public health officials are that people remain socially distant1 by staying six or more feet from people and avoiding non-essential trips outside the home, and that people wear masks when in public.2 This […]


COVID-19 and Political Reform

Videos | May 20, 2020

During this seminar, available on-demand, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses ‘COVID-19 and Political Reform’ with John Milewski, Director of Digital Programming & Managing Editor and Host of the Wilson Center ON DEMAND from Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  John speaks with Joe about government funding and political reform in the wake of COVID-19 in regards to health care, education and business. 


privilege and the supreme court

Executive Privilege and the Supreme Court

Post | May 18, 2020

Last week, the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases involving President Donald Trump’s tax returns and financial records, Trump v. Mazars and Trump v. Deutsche Bank. During the 2016 election, then-candidate Trump broke with tradition and refused to release many of his financial records and tax returns. The president is suing his accountants and […]


Virus Outbreak Race

Racial Equity and COVID-19

Post | May 12, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is stressing our health care system, our economy, and parents trying to teach their children at home. It is also highlighting significant racial disparities in access to quality health care. According to an April survey conducted by the Pew Research Center, black and Hispanic people are more likely than white people […]


COVID-19 and the Economy

Videos | May 7, 2020

During this seminar, available on-demand, Close Up’s, Joe Geraghty discusses the impact of ‘COVID-19 on the Economy’ with Arlington County Board Member, Christian Dorsey.  Christian discuss the role of local and federal government in helping people and businesses affected by the pandemic and social distancing policies. 


Lockdown Newspaper Headline

Calm or Chaos: The Role of the Media During a Crisis

Post | May 5, 2020

As the novel coronavirus continues to dominate the headlines, the American public is facing an onslaught of information about the pandemic. Social and traditional media are covering developments, spreading opinions, and broadcasting statistics about COVID-19. There has been a strong association between coronavirus media coverage and an increase in public attention on the virus itself […]


Shelter in Place

Should States Continue to Shelter in Place or Begin to Reopen?

Post | April 28, 2020

As COVID-19 has spread across the country and the globe, most U.S. states have taken to issuing shelter-in-place orders to help “flatten the curve.” As of April 20, 42 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico had asked residents to stay at home. However, over the past two weeks, there has been an increase […]


Revisiting the Minimum Wage

Post | April 23, 2020

Inequality has been a central issue of the 2020 presidential campaign, with many of the candidates including economic and income equity as major elements of their message.1 The COVID-19 outbreak has also placed economic inequality in the spotlight. While many professionals and white-collar workers are able to work from home, employees in the service industry […]


US Congress

Should Congress Be Allowed to Vote Remotely?

Post | April 14, 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 42 states—along with Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.—have issued stay-at-home orders, effectively barring at least 316 million Americans from going out unless absolutely necessary.1 While essential businesses and services remain open, many workers now find themselves working from home. Considering the circumstances, should Congress also be allowed to vote […]


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