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Our Mission


Using the standards and resources of PBS’s NewsHour, PBS NewsHour Classroom provides middle and high school students and teachers with quality educational resources based on current issues and events.

Classroom’s mission is to help middle and high school students understand world events and national issues and answer the question, “Why should I care about the news?”

Classroom helps educators spark young people’s interest in the world around them by:

a) providing news articles written for students with the background and context needed to understand complex topics,

b) creating high-quality, free lesson plans and teaching tools that make it easy to bring current events and issues into the classroom, and

c) offering an outlet for young people to speak out on issues important to them by publishing  original work, including essays and video reports. These student works are directly related to the news and give adults insight into how events affect young people.

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