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Sep 16

Constitution Day Forum:

The horrible events that occurred last September 11, and the year since, remind us of an important lesson: that the patriotism of any one moment must become an informed and long-lasting commitment to America's principles and purposes. Yet study after study show that we are not teaching the next generation these ideas. Over half of high school seniors failed to demonstrate even a basic knowledge of American history in the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress exam. Is it any surprise that a recent poll found that over two-thirds of college students do not believe that American values are any better than those of other nations, and that more than half believe that United States policies are "at least somewhat responsible" for the September 11 terrorist attacks? What can be done to correct this problem? What is the long-term effect of such civic illiteracy on our liberty and constitutional government? Please join us as we celebrate Constitution Day.

More About the Speakers

11:00 Panel:
Can Patriotism Be Taught? Civic Literacy and Self-Government

Victoria Hughes
President, Billof Rights Institute
David Warren Saxe
Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University
Matthew Spalding
Director, B. Kenneth Simon Center for American Studies

12:00 Keynote Address:
"A New Class of Duties": Education and the Constitution

Eugene Hickok
Under Secretary, US Department of Education

Hosted By

Edwin Meese III Edwin Meese III

Ronald Reagan Distinguished Fellow Emeritus Read More