For the American experiment in self-government to endure, America’s founding principles must be taught anew to each generation of citizens. Yet, we, as a nation, are failing to teach our children and grandchildren about the principles upon which our country was founded. The Ashbrook Center creates informed patriots.
“I support the Ashbrook Center for what it accomplishes with the students. Having factual historical knowledge of the subject is really a requirement to enter a discussion, regardless of the topic. Given that this discussion is our country, our government and ultimately our future, it’s important to know that we have a next generation of participants that have been properly prepared. While I hope and pray there are other institutions endeavoring in this same objective, I am thankful and grateful for the Ashbrook Center’s accomplishments.”
President, Durable Corporation and Ashbrook Supporter
The 2010 national civics test revealed that only 24% of high school students are proficient in their knowledge of our unique American system of government that has secured our Liberty and prosperity for more than two centuries. A recent national survey of college students uncovers the shocking fact that after four years of “instruction,” graduating seniors – including those from our elite universities – have less knowledge about our Founding Principles than they had as entering freshmen.
The Ashbrook Center has developed a successful strategy to reverse this erosion of civic understanding in future generations of Americans.
“The Ashbrook Center is really outstanding not just because of what they teach but how they teach. Students are taught the process of how to think…not just concepts someone wants them to adopt. They also offer a Master of Arts in American History and Government degree that is changing the way educators present these subject to our future generations. I only wish I had been fortunate enough to have one of their educators when I was in school.”
Dedicated in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan, the Ashbrook Center, an independent center at Ashland University restores and strengthens the capacities of the American people for constitutional self-government. The Center teaches students and teachers across our country what America is and what America represents in the long history of the world. Ashbrook creates informed patriots.