Learning about America through primary sources: Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 was a landmark piece of legislation that prohibited discrimination in employment based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin, and ended segregation in public places. The new law put an end to legalized racial segregation, known as “Jim Crow laws.”

Religiosity improves psychological resilience, study says

A recent report from a diverse group of scholars says that “religious norms” in poorer countries lessen the psychological burden of poverty – pointing to religiosity as a significant source of resilience.

Robust curriculum transparency will build parent-teacher partnership

Just as every college course gives students a syllabus – an outline of topics that will be discussed and the resources that will be used – our K-12 public schools should proactively inform students and parents of the topics and resources they will encounter in a given school year.

Sutherland Institute testimony in support of improved curriculum transparency

Sutherland Institute supports and will continue to advocate for enhanced curriculum transparency for grades K-12.

Protection of religious freedom results in a range of secular benefits

“Rather than banishing religious organizations from the public square or overlooking their potential influence, elected officials should create space for faith-based groups to thrive and contribute.”

Learning about America through primary sources: Lincoln-Douglas debates

Through historical records like the Lincoln-Douglas debates, we can learn from these periods of history and try to follow the model of their progress while avoiding their missteps.

Why complete transparency is needed in deciding what to teach in the classroom

Sutherland research makes clear that most parents in Utah still trust most teachers. And most teachers in Utah hold sacred their duty to teach. This parent-teacher partnership is key to the long-term solution. Complete transparency will strengthen this partnership.

Perfectionism and the American story

Under the guise of penitent cultural self-examination, critics of American values and institutions have argued that the faults of America’s past unavoidably undermine all that is good in America now. Such a view is perilously deceptive because it tricks us into believing that the American story – and therefore America’s identity – is fundamentally flawed.

Texas abortion case: a civics lesson on the federal court system

As the U.S. has grown through its history and adapted to new circumstances, so, too, has the judicial branch. Its history suggests that it will continue to do so into the future.

Supreme Court decisions establish precedent for future cases

Even though the Supreme Court does not resolve a large proportion of the cases that are presented to it, the decisions it does issue reverberate to affect many other disputes through the principle of precedent. Its decisions on a handful of cases can, over time, expand and contract the rights of the entire nation.

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

In American education today, we’ve allowed an atrophy to occur. We’ve ignored the gradual reduction of history and civics and accepted an erosion of both content and context. But we can solve this problem – and it begins with families and communities. We can set aside partisan-driven approaches to history and civics and demand the most comprehensive, accurate and sequential approach to history, civics and citizenship ever conceived. That’s the Sutherland Civics Initiative.


Founded in 1995, Sutherland Institute is an independent research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to advance sound ideas and principled public policy. Sutherland is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and does not accept government funding. We rely on support from corporations, foundations and individuals like you that share a commitment to faith, family, and free markets. Sutherland consistently promotes solutions that serve community needs and build on areas of agreement. We believe people are more alike than different – that policy matters, principles matter more, and people matter most. Our mission includes a charge to build future leaders: educated, able and willing to defend a New Birth of Freedom for the next generation.

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