Author Archive: Web Hutchins

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Education Week: “Anti-Bullying, Civics Education Should Align, Support Each Other”

March 31, 2014

…The notion that students should stand up for their weaker classmates, for the “outsiders,” harks back to democracy’s loftiest ideals, like equal justice under law, “e pluribus unum,” and “majority rule, minority rights.”…  

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School bonds: School construction funded unfairly

February 7, 2014 0 Comments

A little-known root cause: Article IX, Sec. 3 of our state Constitution stipulates that timber revenue from the Department of Natural Resources trust lands must help fund school construction.

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Want kids to care about school? Teacher says civics are the key

February 5, 2014

According to national studies, 75 percent of high school seniors cannot name a power granted to Congress by the Constitution, and fewer than half of eighth graders tested understand the purpose of the Bill of Rights.

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Crosscut.com: “Stop Funding School Construction with Clear Cuts”

January 14, 2014

Education and nature are sacred in Washington. Yet when we build new schools, tens of thousands of trees on state trust lands are felled to fund their construction.

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Seattle Times: “Want engaged citizens? Start with civics in school”

August 20, 2013

Seattle can do a better job developing engaged citizens by strengthening education in civics, according to guest columnists Web Hutchins and Judith Billings.

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Education Week: “Civics in the Common Core”

August 6, 2013

This year, educators and their fellow citizens celebrate the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s ethereal “I Have a Dream” speech and his prophetic “Letter From Birmingham Jail.” The unbridled urgency of King’s passion for justice almost jumps from the page, transcending time and inspiring us today to build civically engaging schools for all our children.

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Welcome Education Week Readers and Visitors!!!

August 3, 2013
Welcome Education Week Readers and Visitors!!!

If you just connected to the Civics for All website from Web Hutchins’ recent op-ed on “Civics in the Core” in Education Week’s 8/7/2013 edition, we hope you enjoyed it and will forward wide and far to those who support civics education. Most importantly, we want to welcome you to our open source website. We […]

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City Council Resolution of Support

August 2, 2013

Good News! Seattle City Council Members Nick Licata and Bruce Harrel have both expressed interest in issuing a City Council Resolution of Support for the Civics for All Initiative.

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Civics for All Received Enthusiastically

July 17, 2013
Civics for All Received Enthusiastically

Civics for All has been received enthusiastically by a wide variety of organizations, locally and nationally. Locally: Parents Across America (Seattle), Stand for Children Washington, the League of Women Voters, City Year, the Council for Public Legal Education (CPLE), and CityClub of Seattle. Nationally: The Center for Civics Education, the National Council for the Social […]

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Crosscut.com: “Your future called. It wants a better civics education.”

June 24, 2013

Your future called. It wants a better civics education. A new national initiative is looking at demographic shifts and asking the question: Should schools go back to teaching good old fashioned civics again? … Some are blaming this voting apathy on the lack of quality civics education in our schools. Like South Lake High School […]

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