US History

By Jamie Gass and Will Fitzhugh This op-ed appeared in The Federalist, The Berkshire Eagle, and The Springfield Republican. The French Revolution began with optimistic Age of Enlightenment slogans about ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité,’ before quickly degenerating into the darkened recesses of human nature. “In this period, the head and body of Monsieur Foulon are introduced...
Read this op-ed in The Springfield Republican, The New Bedford Standard Times, The MetroWest Daily News, and The Daily Caller. "Harvard's motto is 'VERITAS'..." the Nobel Prize-winning Russian writer Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said 40 years ago in his "A World Split Apart" commencement address. "[T]ruth eludes us as soon as our concentration begins to flag, all the while leaving the...
November 11th marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice of the First World War. America’s first engagement as a major global actor, the rise of German militarism and the Soviet Union, and the geographic boundaries of the Middle East, are only some of the reasons why World War I is often considered the most influential event of...
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...
This op-ed appeared in The Springfield Republican, The Standard-Times of New Bedford, The Providence Journal, and The Federalist. “The fall of the Berlin Wall makes for nice pictures,” said Poland’s Lech Walesa, the charismatic Gdansk electrician who co-founded Solidarnosc (Solidarity), the first independent trade union behind the Iron Curtain. “But it all started in the shipyards.”...
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 &...
By Jamie Gass and Will Fitzhugh "Students of reading, writing, and common arithmetick . . . Graecian, Roman, English, and American history . . .," Thomas Jefferson advised about democratic education, "should be able to guard the sacred deposit of the rights and liberties of their fellow citizens." Friday marks the 275th anniversary of Jefferson's...
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...
In the month of February, the nation honors the achievements of African Americans; their stories and historical accomplishments are worthy of recognition year round. That's why Pioneer Institute has sponsored events, produced videos, and published opinion pieces informing the public about important leaders and key milestones in the African-American experience, as well as the need...