Bar News - September 20, 2013
Honors and Awards: Milford’s Alcox Wins National Award for Civics Teaching
Milford High School teacher David Alcox, whose teams regularly excel at the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competitions sponsored by the New Hampshire Bar Association, has received a national award.
Alcox was one of three teachers selected this year to receive an American Civic Education Teacher Award (ACETA), designed to recognize educators who demonstrate special expertise in teaching about the US Constitution, the US Congress, and public policy.
Milford High School’s We the People team has traveled to Washington, DC, numerous times in the past 15 years to represent New Hampshire in the program’s national finals. We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution is a rigorous curriculum on the philosophy, principles and history of the US Constitution that tests students’ ability to apply their knowledge during oral presentations and question-and-answer sessions.
“I believe the purpose of education is to prepare our students to function and contribute to their community and nation in a positive manner,” Alcox said. “This preparation should include teaching civic virtue and critical thinking skills. Students must learn to apply these skills, with the ethics of civic virtue; that will encourage and foster better communities.”
ACETA is sponsored by the Center on Congress at Indiana University, the Center for Civic Education, and the National Education Association. Douglas Oswald of Marion Technical Institute in Ocala, Fla.; and Nancy Peterson of Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Iowa, were also recognized.
Alcox did his undergraduate work at Keene State College and earned a master’s degree from Indiana University. He has been teaching for 17 years.