Latest from Joe Heim
  • Podcast

How to fix our democracy? Start in Kindergarten.

A new report draws a line from today’s civics crises to a long-standing failure to effectively teach American government and history in our public schools. On this episode, we explain what the potential outcomes for civic engagement.
  • Mar 4, 2021

Massive investment in social studies and civics education proposed to address eroding trust in democratic institutions

There’s broad backing for a government-funded road map to address failures in teaching government and history.
  • Mar 1, 2021

Biden pushes full-time school, but districts are cautious after CDC weighs in

CDC guidelines are keeping many schools partly, or fully, shuttered.
  • Feb 25, 2021

At William & Mary, a school for free and enslaved Black children is rediscovered

Opened in 1760, the school may be the oldest still-standing building of its kind.
  • Feb 25, 2021

Apparent suicide by Loudoun inmate under investigation, sheriff’s office says

The inmate was found unresponsive in his cell at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center.
  • Feb 13, 2021

Education Department investigates Fairfax schools for services to disabled students during pandemic

The department’s civil rights division cited “disturbing reports” about educational opportunities for children with disabilities.
  • Feb 13, 2021

He knew his grandfather was a mob boss. But was that the whole story?

In search of family secrets, Russell Shorto also explores Italian immigrants’ hardships.
  • Feb 12, 2021

After months of planning, protests and false starts, D.C. students and teachers head to classes for first time in nearly a year

About 9,000 students are expected to be in school buildings this week, the region’s first districtwide reopening attempt.
  • Feb 2, 2021

‘Disinformation can be a very lucrative business, especially if you’re good at it,’ media scholar says

Joan Donovan, who studies media manipulation and extremism, discusses the Capitol attack and how we got here.
  • Jan 19, 2021

After Capitol attack, social studies and civics teachers struggle with real-time history lessons

Educators responsible for teaching students how government works have an unprecedented civics lesson to present.
  • Jan 19, 2021