Clay County School District and The Report Card Announce November Conference on America’s Historical Heritage

Charlie van Zant Clay County Florida Superintendent of Schools

Charlie van Zant Clay County Florida Superintendent of Schools


By Bill Korach



Charlie van Zant, Superintendent of The Clay County Florida School District and Bill Korach, Publisher of The Report Card, announce Dare to Think a Conference on restoring history and civics to its proper place in education. If you are concerned that educational standards in our schools and textbooks have neglected America’s heritage, or perhaps even denigrated that heritage, then this conference is for you. Business owners concerned about the quality of the workforce will learn how American education can be world class again. Learn how American exceptionalism and pride in America’s heritage of liberty have been MIA from many classrooms, and learn about plans restore that heritage in our public and charter schools. Dare to Think will take place on November 4th, and 5th at the Thrasher-Horne Center for the Arts in Orange Park, FL. Save the date and look for where to purchase tickets and other conference detail later this week.


Dare to Think is named for an essay John Adams wrote in 1765 contrasting the old feudal form of rule with growth of liberty in England and in her American colonies. He states that knowledge is the key to liberty: Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak, and write.” Adams words about liberty are timely for today


Attendees will learn how public and charter schools will

  • Instill an appreciation of American Exceptionalism and the American dream
  • Engender an appreciation of historical benefits of the Free Markets in America
  • Drive an understanding of America’s place in the world
  • Develops excellent reading and writing skills
  • Offers business attendees an opportunity to participate in promoting history and learn about proven charter schools, Great Hearts Academies
  • Demonstrate the role of a liberal arts education in encouraging good citizenship and creates the knowledge of history and civics essential to our common future as by The Great Hearts Schools


Attendees will also get a clear perspective of the influence of radical leftist thinking and political correctness on textbooks and educational theory.


An outstanding roster of speakers have been selected for this special event:


8:00-9:00 A.M. Breakfast


9:00-10:00: History and The Free Markets: Why the Trend must be reversed


Dr. Peter Wood, National Association of Scholars




History with Great History Books Not Textbooks


Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School


12:00-1:00 Lunch


1:00-2:00 Panel:  “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt


America’s Judeo-Christian influence on law and ethics and it’s role in the classroom

Moderator: Marty McCarthy Cornerstone Educational Foundation

Will Fitzhugh Publisher of the Concord Review, Dr. William Saxton, Scott Dixon esq        .


2:00-2:30 Break


2:30-3:30 Do History and Writing Still Matter?


Mr. Will Fitzhugh, Publisher of the Concord Review


3:30-4:00 Panel Discussion, Raising the Bar and Rigor

Paul Horton, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Dr. Peter Wood, NAS, Will Fitzhugh, Publisher: The Concord Review


4:00-5:00 Losing our Collective Memory, Disappearing History in higher education and K-12


Dr. Armand Alacby, American Conference of Trustees and Alumni


Conclude Day One


5:00-5:30 Cocktails, Networking


5:30-7:00 Dinner

Special Dinner Entertainment: President James Monroe, Discusses History lessons and Liberty. Dennis Bigelow, the foremost interpreter of James Monroe in American presents a special one-act play and then takes audience questions.



Day 2 The Great Hearts Schools and Western Civilization



8:00 AM-9:00 AM Breakfast


9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Dr. Dan Scoggin CEO of Great Hearts Schools “The Role of a Classical Liberal Arts Education, Western Thought and Citizenship”


10-11:30 Breakout Groups and Next Steps



11:30-12:30: Lunch and Depart






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One Response to “Clay County School District and The Report Card Announce November Conference on America’s Historical Heritage”

  1. Bob Weete says:

    American culture and history are both “absent” from the curriculum – deliberately. A good way to form a liberal base which is ignorant of the truth of the hows and whys of our history – even our warts. Only “The Test” is important and that does not include history or science. We must change this and keep politics out of education.


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