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Freedom Matters for Returning Students

September 4, 2015 by Christopher Walsh

It was exciting to learn that North Texas’ Lovejoy Independent School District incorporated the Bush Institute’s Freedom Matters! curriculum into its recent “Celebrate Freedom Week.” Each fall, students in Texas public schools study their country’s founding documents and the principles of freedom.  Just back to school, Lovejoy ISD students used the curriculum to explore liberty in their own country and the experience of freedom and democracy around the world.

National assessment data reveals that only 24 percent of high school seniors in the United States are “proficient” in civics, a trend going back more than a decade.  That’s simply not sustainable for a free society whose life blood is informed participation from its citizenry. That’s why the Institute developed Freedom Matters!, a supplemental curriculum that helps students connect the foundations of freedom to today’s global struggles for liberty.

Earlier this year, Former First Lady Laura W. Bush offered the following message as she officially launched Freedom Matters!, “With solid foundations in civics, students are more likely to be informed, engaged citizens in our country. Our goal with Freedom Matters! is simple:  to foster the next generation of Americans to care about democracy and individual liberty at home and abroad.”

Freedom Matters! can be viewed here and downloaded free-of-charge. 


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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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