"Dare to Think" : A Conference on Restoring America's Heritage
The Clay County School District Superintendent Charlie Van Zant and The Report Card are proud to present a Dare to Think conference on restoring history and civics to its proper place in education. From November 4 - 5 attendees will learn how American Exceptionalism and pride in America's heritage of liberty are being restored in our public and charter schools. Buy your tickets before October 18th and save 21%.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni in their report entitled "Losing Our National Memory" offered this research of American Universities: "100% do not require American History, and 78% require no history at all." It is scarcely better in high schools. Joel Klein, J.D. former Commissioner of NYC Public Schools said: "Our kids are clueless about global history. And foreigners know more about de Tocqueville and the Constitution than Americans. Our kid's ignorance of civics is a serious problem." The NAEP says that only 12% of high school students are proficient in American History.
Outstanding Speakers and Topics
Clay County School District Superintendent Charlie Van Zant shares plans to reinforce American history instruction, and the concept of American Exceptionalism.
“It is vital that we teach our children a true account of American history, and to share with them the elements that made this nation exceptional. We need to encourage an interest in American history and the founding principles.” Superintendent van Zant Clay County School District
Dr. Daniel Scoggin CEO of Great Hearts Charter Management Organization, operator of 16 top performing Charter Schools in Arizona. 95% of Great Hearts students attend a four-year college; Average SAT score is 1833, highest in the state of Arizona “The Role of a Classical Education for morality and citizenship.”
Dr. Peter Wood, President National Association of Scholars. NAS mission is to promote academic freedom at America’s colleges and universities topic:Fuhgeddaboudit: How Schools and Colleges Foster Historical Amnesia
Mr. Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School; Topic: Challenging the Tyranny of History Textbooks. Use great history books and avoid "blame America first" textbooks!
Rev. Marty McCarthy, President Cornerstone Educational Foundation, former President of Regent Schools of the Carolinas, Inc., and rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charelotte, NC will chair a panel discussion on moral concerns:
“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt
Mr. Will Fitzhugh, President of the Concord Review, publishing the best High School papers in America. Topic: "Reading maketh a Full man, Conference a Ready man, and Writing an exact man.” Francis Bacon, 1625. Fitzhugh says: “We are not asking our students to read history books, to discuss them or to write serious papers of their own. And their education is seriously diminished as a result.”
Armand Alacbay, JD. Director of Trustee Programs American Conference of Trustees and Alumni. ACTA is committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Topic: “Losing America's Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century.”
President James Monroe will speak on the importance of understanding the historical importance of the Monroe Doctrine. President Monroe will provide an after dinner speech sure to delight. Nationally recognized actor Dennis Bigelow plays President Monroe.
"Dare to Think" offers attendees solutions. You will learn from six nationally recognized speakers how public and charter schools will:
Instill an appreciation of American Exceptionalism and heritageEngender an appreciation of historical benefits of the Free Markets in America Drive an understanding of America's place in the worldDevelop excellent reading and writing
Cost: Ticket includes 2 day conference with 5 meals and Founding Father Dinner performance. 125.00 "Dare to Think" Conference 129.12
99.00 Dare to Think Early Bird Price. Buy before October 31st 102.47
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065
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