• EDU Talks: Nancy Beadie & Path Dependence in Federal Education Policy
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    EDU Talks: Nancy Beadie & Path Dependence in Federal Education Policy

    [MUSIC PLAYING] NANCY BEADIE: Hi. So let’s say, you’re on a walk in the woods– maybe in Colorado or Wyoming. You’re on what seems like a well-worn path, but it’s actually, quite overgrown. And I’m here to tell you, beware. Land that looks solid may actually be honeycombed. The miners may have left, but their works may remain. You may find yourself plunging unexpectedly into the legacy of history. So recently, some recent plunges into the legacy of history in state and federal policy– for example, the McCleary decision in Washington state or the checkered history of No Child Left Behind– led me to undertake a mammoth excavation project, to…

  • Why the First Amendment is America in a nutshell | Monica Duffy Toft
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    Why the First Amendment is America in a nutshell | Monica Duffy Toft

    So I’ve been asked to choose an amendment that I think is important and valuable, and so I think: the First Amendment. And it’s not only because it’s the First Amendment, it’s what it says. And it says “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” And I think from the Constitution this sets up the rest of the Constitution about what it means to be an American citizen and the value of…

  • Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9
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    Where US Politics Came From: Crash Course US History #9

    Hi, I’m John Green, and this is Crash Course U.S. History, and now that we have a Constitution, it’s actually United States history. Today we’re going to look at the birth of America’s pastime. No, Stan, not baseball. Not football. Not eating. I mean politics, which in America has been adversarial since its very beginnings, despite what the founders wanted. [Theme Music] We looked at the first big conflict in American politics last week: Constitution or Articles of Confederation? I hope that I convinced you we made the correct choice, but regardless, we made it; the constitution passed. But immediately following the passage of the constitution a pretty fundamental conflict…

  • The 14th Amendment: The best idea in humanity’s 10,000-year history | Van Jones
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    The 14th Amendment: The best idea in humanity’s 10,000-year history | Van Jones

    This is the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. I’m not going to read the whole thing, I’m just going to read the first section: ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.’ Any person within its jurisdiction cannot…

  • The Fifth Amendment: Stopping American chaos before it starts | Amaryllis Fox
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    The Fifth Amendment: Stopping American chaos before it starts | Amaryllis Fox

    The fifth amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America says no person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury except in cases arising in the land or naval forces or in the militia when an actual service in time of war or public danger. Nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb. Nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself nor be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law. Nor…

  • Does Giving Animals More Rights Improve the Quality of Human Life?
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    Does Giving Animals More Rights Improve the Quality of Human Life?

    Yeah I think animal rights is the next wave after the same sex marriage. We just got done with that. And that’ll be pretty much over in terms of social attitudes within a few years to a decade. No one will even talk about it anymore. What’s next? Animal rights but also I think – you don’t want to say environmental rights but the rights of future generations to have a sustainable earth, a planet to live on. I think we do owe a moral obligation to future generations and animals for a balanced ecosystem. And I think we’ll get there. I think we’re on our way there. But in…