America: The Last Best Hope
In a democracy like the United States, knowledge of history is vital. Yet we face a great threat to our national identity today: most American students nearing voting age know startlingly little about the foundational democratic principles and ideals that comprise the history of this nation. Few others understand this challenge better than Dr. William J. Bennett. Bennett, former U.S. Education Secretary and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, concern about the gap between the fascinating American story and the poor way that history is often taught in schools inspired him to lead the charge in creating engaging curriculum. His project, America: The Last Best Hope, breaks convention to “recapture the glory” and the “conviction about American greatness and purpose.” Widely renowned as one of America’s best storytellers, Dr. Bennett’s textbooks are written as an engaging and interesting narrative, focusing on stories about historical figures rather than an analytical study to help shape the next generation of informed citizens. Dr. Bennett enlisted the help of Sagamore Institute to get The Last Best Hope into Indiana classrooms.
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