Congratulations to the James Madison Institute for winning State Policy Network’s SPNovation Award for its “Celebrate Freedom” High School Curriculum Supplement. (Note: I am a research fellow at the Florida-based think tank.)
Here’s the text from the press release that SPN sent out:
To help social studies teachers throughout Florida teach founding principles in a meaningful way, The James Madison Institute created a 12-page supplemental curriculum called, “Celebrate Freedom,” in conjunction with the News-in-Education department at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Last September, nearly 60,000 high school students received this special curriculum during “Celebrate Freedom Week” which, in Florida, is the week after Constitution Day. These colorful 12-page booklets, which closely examine key passages from the Declaration of Independence (that Florida students are expected to recite), use a variety of tools and “thought experiments” to help students gain a greater understanding of America’s founding principles.
“The James Madison Institute’s Celebrate Freedom booklets for high school students are a tangible approach to reaching young people,” said SPNovation judge Lindsay Young Craig. “Learning about why freedom is key to how our country works is fundamental to becoming a young engaged citizen who is proud of our country.” JMI’s “Celebrate Freedom” booklets have been very well received by students, teachers, state and local education officials, and JMI supporters.