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In looking for ways to bring American History alive for kids, I discovered the American Heritage Education Foundation.  AHEF  is a non-profit, non-partisan, educational foundation (501.c.3) dedicated to the understanding and teaching of America’s factual and philosophical heritage.  Their focus is on constructive citizenship, freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility among our students and citizens.  This wonderful organization provides a free CD of lesson plans for teachers and parents who wish to teach their children not only the historical facts of our country, but the philisophical significance behind them.

“American Heritage, a Lesson in Liberty” is  a group of lesson plans divided into three books for elementary, middle school, and high school age students.  These plans contain specific activities in which students not only learn about American history, but assess and analyze their own identities as Americans.

The following exerpt was taken from the AHEF website and explains the philosphy behind their program:

“Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility are central themes in America’s heritage that generations of Americans from diverse backgrounds have embraced for over two centuries. While diversity has always contributed to the strength of our republic, the recent focus on what sets us apart rather than on what binds us together clearly tends to divide and weaken our nation. The effort in our schools to celebrate diversity for diversity’s sake without a corresponding understanding that diverse peoples are only one part of our national character will result in a ‘house divided’ with potentially catastrophic social, cultural, and economic division. AHEF believes that the concepts and themes of our American heritage must be objectively studied and continually improved for today’s students and citizens to understand, appreciate, and perpetuate the ongoing miracle of our unique republic of the people, by the people, and for the people.  Through a renewed study and understanding of historical events, founding documents, national symbols, and significant individuals, students can better understand the foundational philosophical ideas underlying the establishment of the United States of America.  Our students and citizens can therefore become increasingly aware of and proficient in the inspired, noble, and virtuous ideals of our constitutional republic that is founded on certain unalienable rights and the equality and freedom of all persons. As a result, students will become more patriotic, informed, responsible, active, enthusiastic, and united citizens able to perpetuate the ideas of Freedom, Unity, Progress, and Responsibility that we value as members of the American family.”

For more information on the American Heritage Education Foundation and how to bring their program to your school, please visit their website at www.americanheritage.org


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