Dan Marcus

Dan Marcus

Dan Marcus teaches at John Stark High School in Weare.


3-Minute Civics: Was the ‘Great Compromise’ great?

By: - June 3, 2022

When the Constitution was being created, there were several major disputes that needed to be worked out. One of them was about how people and states would be represented in the new government. Under the existing government at that time, the Articles of Confederation, each state had equal voting power: one state, one vote. James […]

Stop sign on a school bus

3-Minute Civics: Critical thinking and the pursuit of truth

By: - March 11, 2022

When I was very young I committed a crime. I was at a store with my family and there was a display of a football game and I really wanted this particular football player figurine. So, I took it. My parents discovered that I had it when we were driving from the store, and I’ll […]

A block of stone, painted with an American flag, being pulled apart by a red rope on one side and a blue rope on the other

3-Minute Civics: Reigniting our American identity

By: - January 27, 2022

Recently, in my AP U.S. History class, we had a discussion about the causes of the Civil War. One of the important ideas we discussed is how Southern identity played a role in the outbreak of hostilities. In the South many stopped seeing themselves as Americans first and instead their state, or regional identity, became […]

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3-Minute Civics: Bridging divisive concepts

By: - December 3, 2021

Early in my teaching career, I learned an important classroom management strategy called the “low card” approach. Basically, the idea is to do the least aggressive thing to get a student to stop a bad behavior. For example, if a student is being disruptive, rather than going to the harshest response, a.k.a. the “nuclear option,” […]

The "Tribute in Light" memorial at the World Trade Center

3-Minute Civics: Today’s living history

By: - September 23, 2021

On Friday, Sept. 10, at 8:46 a.m., my principal got on the P.A. system and spoke about the 20th anniversary of 9/11. When he was done, we all stood in my classroom and recited the Pledge of Allegiance along with him. Afterward, I turned to my class, an honors Civics class called “We the People,” […]