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James Madison Institute Wins Award

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.

Matthew Vadum

The author of Subversion Inc.: How Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts are Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off American Taxpayers (WND Books, 2011), Vadum, former senior vice president at CRC, writes and speaks widely…
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