Press Releases: US History

BOSTON - A new video highlights the work of Will Fitzhugh, who for years has operated The Concord Review, a journal that publishes history essays by secondary students from across the country and around the globe. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5MTYErq4y4&t=1s “Will Fitzhugh has dedicated his career to disseminating the superb work of high school students to their peers...
The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education should reject a proposed rewrite of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Framework in its entirety and immediately restore the state’s 2003 framework, considered among the strongest in the country, according to a new research paper titled, No Longer a City on a Hill: Massachusetts Degrades...
Strong majorities of parents, history and social studies teachers, and legislators in Massachusetts support restoring passage of a U.S. history MCAS test as a high school graduation requirement, according to a new poll of the three groups commissioned by Pioneer Institute. [av_button label='History Education in Massachusetts Schools: A Pioneer Institute Survey of Educators, Parents &...
Weaker ELA and math standards have already produced declines in student achievement BOSTON - The draft of the Massachusetts History and Social Science Curriculum Frameworks that was released for public comment in January would follow in the footsteps of recently adopted English, math, and science standards by representing a decline in academic quality, content, and...
Event to feature Pulitzer Prize winner, celebrated Pres. Wilson biographer, noted historians, and high school teachers BOSTON - A Pulitzer Prize winner and a finalist will each deliver keynote addresses at “The War to End All Wars: Teaching the First World War in Schools,” a Pioneer Institute forum to be held as part of the...
Massachusetts should be cautious in updating its highly regarded history standards BOSTON - As Massachusetts sets about the task of reviewing its K-12 history and social science standards, a new study published by Pioneer Institute describes the processes that have produced exceptional state standards as well as pitfalls that the commonwealth should avoid. [av_button label='Download...
Student Essay Contest Winners Announced Contact Jamie Gass, 617-723-2277 ext. 210 or jgass@pioneerinstitute.org BOSTON - Two Pulitzer Prize-winning historians will be among the speakers at “The Age of Jacksonian Democracy: Teaching Antebellum America in Schools,” a Pioneer Institute forum to be held at the 46th Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies on Wednesday, April...
Monday, January 25 event “Big Business & Big Labor” to feature Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award, and Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize-winning historians Contact Jamie Gass, 617-723-2277 ext. 210 or jgass@pioneerinstitute.org A Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, and a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize will deliver keynote addresses at Pioneer...
Study Recommends That States Require Passage of U.S. History Assessment as High School Graduation Requirement Content knowledge, not pedagogy, should be focus of teacher hiring and professional development BOSTON - States should mandate passage of a U.S. history assessment with a strong focus on the founding documents as a high school graduation requirement, according to...
BOSTON - Pioneer Institute is proud to announce that our Director of the Center for School Reform, Jamie Gass, has been honored by the Massachusetts Council for the Social Studies with the organization's 2015 Janna Bremer Friend of Social Studies Award. "I'm profoundly honored and grateful to the Council for this award," Gass said. "Our...