America’s schools have ceded significant ground to trendy nostrums and policy cure-alls that do little to adequately teach young people the skills and knowledge required to realize their full potential and emerge from school as fully-functioning citizens. The latest round of dire NAEP civics and U.S. history scores underscore our continuing failure on the citizenship front. Even as our K-12 system grapples with the plague that’s now upon us, we cannot neglect the obligation to equip young Americans with the knowledge, skills, character traits and convictions that ready them for the challenges they will face tomorrow.
With hope for the future grounded in tradition, the essayists in How to Educate an American: The Conservative Vision for Tomorrow’s Schools (Templeton, 2020) offer insightful diagnoses, trenchant criticisms and solid recommendations for revitalizing K–12 education. They also remind readers of the importance of forming young people who value their nation’s history, understand its system of government, and pursue its founding ideals.
Please join us, in collaboration with the American Enterprise Institute, for an online conversation on this new edited volume and the future of the American education system. Moderated by AEI's Ian Rowe, the conversation will feature panelists David Bobb of the Bill of Rights Institute, Jonah Goldberg of AEI, Sarah Morgan Smith of the Ashbrook Center, and Fordham's own Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn, Jr.
11:00 AM Welcome and introduction: Ian Rowe
11:05 AM Opening remarks: Michael J. Petrilli
11:15 AM Panel discussion
Moderator: Ian Rowe
12:15 PM Q&A
12:30 PM Adjournment
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