Why Knowing Our History Matters
Why America Is Free instills respect for self and others, a sense of community, a recognition of the rights and responsibilities of citizens of our country, and an enthusiasm for learning. It is like no other program we have seen. It is truly "revolutionary."
Dorothy Menzies, Headmistress (ret.)
Santa Monica, California
Why is this curriculum critical?
Because there is a crisis in American education today.
Fewer than ONE IN TEN high school graduating seniors can pass the United States Naturalization Test, which assesses basic knowledge of U.S. HISTORY and GOVERNMENT. This is a crucial matter because NO DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC IS AUTOMATICALLY SELF-SUSTAINING. Our government absolutely requires an educated and responsibly involved citizenship for its long-term health and survival. Yet, even as the population of the nation is becoming increasingly diverse, much that defines and unifies us as Americans - the world-changing history of the founding of the country, the treasure of outstanding role-models from that time, and the underlying Enlightenment principles upon which our nation depends - is being taught less and less.
is the solution
Easy to use Virtually everything needed is provided, including outstanding teacher training and support. The program allows teachers almost
unlimited choices about which lesson plans they use, and it does not slow
them down in any subject.
Meets or surpasses state academic standards The standards are met in Social Studies as well as all other subjects.
Teaches critical thinking and
solving Students use
reasoning techniques for evaluation
and decision making every day
in every class.
Teaches character education based on civic values and principle-based, rational evaluation and decision making
Students live according to a code based on
self-respect, respect for others, and self-
control. They enjoy it, come to really
understand it, and then own it.
Multi-sensory and hands-on
The curriculum provides highly experiential lesson plans and materials
in all academic disciplines.
Sparks students' imaginations
Meaningful role-play engages the
students' imaginations and critical thinking,
immersing the children in the world of
18th century America and the issues faced
by people involved in the events of the time.
Recreates 18th century classical approach
to integrated learning Math, architecture,
science, reasoning, and other disciplines were seen as
tightly connected, and were therefore simultaneously
taught as essential knowledge. This form of integrated teaching provide powerful connectors
for lasting retention.
Introduces students to the Enlightenment This nation was seen by its founders as an enormous social science experiment based on the revolutionary ideas of the Enlightenment. Students learn these ideas and principles, and using key Enlightenment reasoning techniques, they examine and debate elements of the
United States Constitution and Bill of Rights.
What great ideas motivated them?
What were their ...
Fine Arts and Music...
Modes of Transportation ...
Discoveries and Inventions ...
Aspirations, principles and values ...
Aspirations for a Self-Governed Nation ...
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this
Constitution for the United States of America.
We cannot understand human events of a time without first understanding their context - everything about the LIVES, THOUGHTS, and CULTURES of those involved as well as the WORLD THEY KNEW.
Experience an example of Meaningful Integration
First Battle of the American Revolution
Aspects of Lexington-Concord Battle April 19, 1775, the first event that began the war and brought the interest of Europe are presented through linked lesson plans in Social Studies, Language Arts, Math, Music, Art, and P E
Because we learn best when we can connect new knowledge
to things we already know or are interested in
NOTHING IS TAUGHT IN ISOLATION
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