Why  Knowing  Our  History  Matters

 We are a nation bound together by shared CIVIC VALUES, LAWS, and our NATIONAL HISTORY. How we came to be and who we are as a nation - our history beginning with the world-changing civic principles, issues, and people and events of our founding - is an essential part of every American's education, a component of good citizenship,and should be known by all of us. To provide our children with this knowledge, a highly effective method of teaching is needed. Why America Is Free is an extraordinary, hands-on classroom course of study for upper elementary students that brings to life and makes relevant the world-changing events and civic principles that are the bedrock of our nation. It does so in a way that ignites interest, teaches profoundly, generates ethical behavior, strengthens character, inspires good citizenship, and UNIFIES them as AMERICANS.  WHY AMERICA IS FREE

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.)

                                                                                                                                       Carlthorp School

                                                                                                                                        Santa Monica, California


Why  is  this  knowledge  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

principle-based problem

solving Students use

Enlightenment-based scientific

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

Highly experiential lesson plans and materials are provided

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 the Founders?

What were their ...


Thoughts ...

Fine Arts and Music...

Modes of Transportation ...

Discoveries and Inventions ...

Aspirations, principles and values ...

Triumphs ...

Resolves ...

Sacrifices ...

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





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