Teens learning U.S. history -- on Saturdays

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Lesley Herrmann says there are a couple of ways to convince teens that school at the new Saturday Academy of American History at Karr High School in Algiers is a good idea.

"It looks very good on your resume," said Herrmann, executive director of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. "Also, it's a perk. The courses are very interesting and entertaining," covering material beyond the regular classroom.

Plus, there are no tests, grades or homework.

The Lehrman Institute is partnering with the Algiers Charter School Association to offer the free course for grades eight through 12. The series started Saturday and runs through March, covering World War II, the Civil War, the American civil rights movement and geography and technology.

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