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Nov 13 19

You’re Invited: Ashes in the Snow Teacher Workshop – Nov. 25, 2019 (Houston area)

Angela Kamrath
Dear Friends of AHEF,

You and your colleagues are invited to

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation’s
ASHES IN THE SNOW Teacher Workshop
(Houston area)

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM (CST)  
Location: Harris County Department of Education
Ronald Reagan Building
6300 Irvington Blvd.
Houston, TX 77022
Room 100A-C    

This half-day professional development workshop will help you develop a better understanding of the ideology, history, and effects of communism in the 20th century.

As some today question our nation’s moral, political, and economic underpinnings, your knowledge of communism will help you compare/contrast and defend America’s founding heritage of individual rights, free enterprise, and private property. As American Founder James Madison once said, “The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.”  

This workshop will include a curriculum resource for teachers – Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy. It will be followed by a film screening of Ashes in the Snow (the movie adaptation of the bestselling YA novel Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys on the Baltic deportations in WWII) and a Q&A session.

Boxed lunches will be provided.    

Credits: 6 hrs (includes 3 hrs GT credit)  
Cost: $0.00 (free admission)  
Please register to attend.    

REGISTER HERE    

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation is a U.S-based non-profit educational organization. The mission of VOC is to educate this generation and future generations about the ideology, history, and legacy of communism. The foundation was established by an Act of Congress to build a memorial in Washington, D.C. to commemorate the more than 100 million victims of communism.

This notice is posted by the American Heritage Education Foundation in partnership with The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
May 11 21

The Covenant-Inspired Principle of Federalism in the U. S. Constitution

Angela Kamrath

The Founding Blog:  “The Covenant-Inspired Principle of Federalism in the U. S. Constitution”

With their Federal Constitution, the Founders created a new, modern, uniquely American system never before implemented in history, and it would come to define American federalism as we know it today.

We invite you to check out this article and selected lesson plan on AHEF’s Founding Blog:

The Covenant-Inspired Principle of Federalism in the U. S. Constitution

 

 

Apr 21 21

The Principle of Popular Sovereignty–the People’s Rule–in the U. S. Declaration and Constitution

Angela Kamrath

The Founding Blog:  “The Principle of Popular Sovereignty–the People’s Rule–in the U. S. Declaration and Constitution”

In addition to other influences, this idea of Popular Sovereignty stems, in part, from the Bible.

Check out this article and selected lesson plan on AHEF’s Founding Blog:
https://thefhttps://thefounding.net/principle-popular-sovereignty/ounding.net/the-principles-of-limited-government-and-separation-of-powers-in-the-u-s-constitution/

Apr 21 21

The Principle of Limited Government and Separation of Powers in the U. S. Constitution

Angela Kamrath

The Founding Blog:  “The Principle of Limited Government and Separation of Powers in the U. S. Constitution”

The Founders designed an unprecedented system to restrain man’s evil tendencies in society and government.

Check out this article and selected lesson plan on AHEF’s Founding Blog:
https://thefounding.net/the-principles-of-limited-government-and-separation-of-powers-in-the-u-s-constitution/

 

 

Nov 19 20

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America

Angela Kamrath

Hi Friends of AHEF –

We invite you to check out this essay and teaching activity on The Founding Blog:

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America

Historically, Thanksgiving Day is an invitation and opportunity for Americans to pray for our nation and to give thanks to God for His blessings–including freedom.

The History of Thanksgiving Day in America

Sep 9 20

Civic Knowledge: Americans’ Ignorance of American Principles, History, & Government Can No Longer Be Ignored

Angela Kamrath

Friends of AHEF,

We invite you to check out this recently updated article on The Founding Blog:

Civic Knowledge: Americans’ Ignorance of American Principles, History, & Government Can No Longer Be Ignored

Studies in the last 20 years show that many Americans of all backgrounds do not possess adequate civic knowledge about our nation’s history, founding ideas, and governing institutions.  This widespread deficiency among the general public is a serious problem in a self-governing republic such as ours which relies on an educated citizenry to govern itself.  If these trends continue, America will not be able to endure as it was designed by our Founders.

The American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) is working to address this growing national educational problem.  AHEF is dedicated to promoting the teaching and learning of America’s factual, philosophical heritage, emphasizing themes of freedom, unity, progress, and responsibility.  AHEF offers educational resources to help teachers, homeschoolers, schools, and citizens learn and effectively teach about America’s founding documents, principles, and history.

Sep 8 20

The American Defense of Religious Freedom in the First Amendment of the Constitution

Angela Kamrath

Friends of AHEF –

We invite you to check out this recently updated essay and selected activity posted on The Founding Blog:

The American, Bible-based Defense of Religious Freedom in the First Amendment of the Constitution

The American Founders encouraged religion with a natural-rights, Bible-inspired, and rational approach for a pluralistic society.

The American Defense of Religious Freedom in the First Amendment of the Constitution

Jul 2 20

The American Revolution: An Introduction

Angela Kamrath

The Founding Blog:  “The American Revolution:  An Introduction”

When the American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776, they joined together to become a new nation, beginning a new era in human history. Happy Independence Day!

Check out the article and selected lesson plan on AHEF’s Founding Blog:  https://thefounding.net/the-american-revolution/

 

 

 

May 11 20

Miracle of America Essays Now Available to Download

Angela Kamrath

AHEF members can now freely download selected Miracle of America essays from AHEF’s Founding Blog!

The Miracle of America essays are short readings on various topics on America’s founding history, governance, and philosophy by AHEF President Angela Kamrath based on her research found in The Miracle of America: The Influence of the Bible on the Founding History and Principles of the United States of America for a People of Every Belief. Formatted for print, the essays may be used for educational purposes. Citizens and groups may use them for study and discussion. Teachers and homeschoolers may distribute them for student reading.

These essays are available on the “resources” page of AHEF’s main site, americanheritage.org. Simply sign up as a member (no cost), log in, and go to the “resources” page.

AHEF continues to offer trustworthy, quality resources for citizens, teachers, and students to strengthen their understanding and teaching of America’s founding principles. As the new school year approaches, we wish you much success in your educational goals!

To sign up as an AHEF member (no cost), go to https://americanheritage.org/sign-up/ .

Feb 1 19

Grove City College Defeats Abigail Adams Institute for First Place at 2019 American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl

Angela Kamrath

2019 2nd AHWCCB Finalists (from L to R): For Grove City College, Dr. Jason R. Edwards, Elena Peters, Noah Gould, Carolyn Hartwick; AHEF Co-Founder Jack Kamrath, AHEF President Angela Kamrath; For Abigail Adams Institute, Liam Warner, Finnian Brown, Portia Berry-Kilby, Dr. Danilo Petranovich

AHEF’s Second American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl™ (AHWCCB) held on January 25-26, 2019, at The King’s College of NY in New York City was a great success!

Grove City College defeated The Abigail Adams Institute in the finals in a close match (537-526) to win first place academic recognition along with $4,000 scholarship prizes and copies of AHEF President Angela Kamrath’s book, The Miracle of America!

Student teams from Grove City College, Abigail Adams Institute, Princeton University (James Madison Program in American Ideals & Institutions), and The King’s College of New York competed in the event.

All students received a cash scholarship award of between $1,000-$4,000 according to their order of finish.

The event was sponsored by the American Heritage Education Foundation (AHEF) in Houston, TX. (www.americanheritage.org)

WATCH:  2nd AHWCCB Finals
WATCH:  Presentation on AHEF’s History, Founding & Mission

2019 Semi-Finals Essay Topic:
“Since the beginning of human history, most people have lived under some form of authoritarianism.  In such regimes, rulership was largely a matter of the elite few ruling over and living off of the unprivileged many.  Only during the last few hundred years has the idea of the constitutional accountability of government to the populace as a whole risen to prominence.  Discuss the philosophical and historical causes of the ascendancy of this idea, including key events, leaders, and reasoning.”

2019 Finals Essay Topic:
“Discuss the origins, development, and justification of the fundamental American idea that ‘all men are created equal’ (as in the Declaration of Independence).”

AHWCCB Impact & Feedback:
AHWCCB Impact & Feedback:  Responses from Participating Professors & Students

 

For Grove City (L to R): Elena Peters, Carolyn Hartwick, Noah Gould

For Abigail Adams Institute (L to R): Liam Warner, Portia Berry-Kilby, Finnian Brown

For The King’s College (L to R): Abigail Rose-Smith, Michael Napoli, Ellen Rogers

For Princeton (L to R): Alvin Zhang, Nicholas Sileo, Emerson Salovaara

Semi-Finals:  Friday, January 25, 2019
5 PM – Grove City College vs Princeton University
7 PM – The King’s College vs Harvard University

Finals:  Saturday, January 26, 2019
2 PM – Finalists

Location:
The King’s College, 56 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (City Room, 5th Floor)
212-659-7200 / 888-969-7200

Academic Curriculum Analyst:
-The National Association of Scholars (NAS)

Moderator:
-Mr. Jeremy Tate, Co-Founder and President of the Classic Learning Test

Academic Teams:
-Grove City College – Coach: Dr. Jason R. Edwards.  Student Team: Noah Gould, Carolyn Hartwick, Elena Peters
-Harvard University – Coach: Dr. Danilo Petranovich.  Student Team: Portia Berry-Kilby, Finnian Brown, Liam Warner
-Princeton University – Coach: Dr. Russ Nieli.  Student Team: Emerson Salovaara, Nicholas Sileo, Alvin Zhang
-The King’s College of New York – Coach: Dr. Josh Kinlaw.  Student Team: Michael Napoli, Ellen Rogers, Abigail Rose-Smith

Academic Judges:
-Dr. Stephen Balch, Director of The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization, Texas Tech University; Co-Founder of the National Association of Scholars
-Dr. Robert Koons, Professor of Philosophy and Co-Founder of The Western Civilization and American Institutions Program, The University of Texas at Austin

Hosted by the American Heritage Education Foundation Inc. in partnership with The King’s College of New York.

Related articles/videos:
AHEF Pioneers Innovative History & Civic Education Initiatives
American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl – Program Information
AHWCCB™ Video
1st American History & Western Civilization Challenge Bowl (AHWCCB) – 2017
AHWCCB 2019 Printable Flyer (PDF)

In the news:
King’s to Host Western Civilization Challenge Bowl with Princeton, Harvard, and Grove City College, The King’s College, Nov 1, 2018
GCC Tapped for History, Western Civilization Challenge, Grove City College, Jan 18, 2019
The King’s College to Host Western Civilization Challenge Bowl with the James Madison Program at Princeton, the Abigail Adams Institute at Harvard and Grove City College, RFD TV, Jan 19, 2019
Grove City College Faces Princeton in History Challenge Bowl, The Business Journal, Jan 22, 2019
GCC Team Beats Harvard in American History Challenge, Grove City College, Jan 29, 2019
Grove City College Beats Harvard in American History Challenge, Butler Radio, Jan 30, 2019

For more information about AHWCCB, please visit americanheritage.org.

If you or someone you know would like to sponsor our next challenge bowl, please see our Donate page or contact us at 713.627.2698.  Thank you!

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