Posted on 03 September 2013.
Charlie van Zant Clay County Florida Superintendent of Schools
By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
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
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 .
2:30-3:30 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
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