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Even in Summer, Freedom Matters to Students
What a thrill it was that the group of 25 or so young people were enthusiastic about concepts of freedom and the stories of people struggling for liberty around the world.
A few weeks back, I was asked to share the Bush Institute’s Human Freedom Initiative with a group of Texas high
school students participating in Camp 43, a summer leadership course offered by the Bush Library. What a thrill it was that the group of 25 or so young people were enthusiastic about concepts of freedom and the stories of people struggling for liberty around the world.
Unfortunately, not all students are so engaged on topics of leadership, freedom, and general civics. 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.
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.
It’s exciting that this resource is already finding audiences. This past school year, North Texas’ Lovejoy Independent School District incorporated Freedom Matters! into “Celebrate Freedom Week.” Each fall, students in Texas public schools study their country’s founding documents and the principles of freedom. Lovejoy ISD students used the curriculum to explore liberty in their own country and the experience of freedom and democracy around the world.
Freedom Matters! can be viewed here and downloaded free-of-charge.
Chinese Prisoner’s Death Holds a Message for Americans and China
Liu Xiaobo, China’s most prominent dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner died this week. His death holds a message for Americans and for China.
Release of Chinese Political Prisoner a Timely Reminder to Support Freedom Advocates Abroad
More than half the world’s population still lives in countries where basic political rights and civil liberties are only partly respected, if at all.
Bringing Freedom to the Forefront of 21st Century Politics
Global challenges like authoritarian capitalism, violent extremism, demographic pressures, and displaced populations have placed global freedom in decline.