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U. Tennessee Launching Institute of American Civics to Teach the Founding Principles

U. Tennessee Launching Institute of American Civics to Teach the Founding Principles

“In many states colleges and universities have become centers of anti-American thought, leaving students not only ill-equipped but confused.”

There are schools all over the country that clearly need something like this. It should become a national campaign.

The College Fix reports:

U. Tennessee launching Institute of American Civics to combat ignorance of country’s founding principles

The University of Tennessee is working to launch an Institute of American Civics to teach about the founding principles of America and promote civil discourse and constructive debate.

As part of his “America at its Best” agenda, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee allocated $6 million to establish the institute.

“In many states colleges and universities have become centers of anti-American thought, leaving students not only ill-equipped but confused. But in Tennessee there is no reason why our institutions of higher learning can’t be an exceptional part of America at its best,” Lee said when he first announced the institute in January.

“This will be a flagship for the nation, a beacon celebrating intellectual diversity at our universities and teaching how responsible and civic minded people strengthen our communities and strengthen our country,” Lee said.

Under the law that established the institute, by March 2023 its board is expected to present a list of finalists for the position of director. By September 2023, the director is expected to develop and provide an annual strategic plan for the institute.

Reached for comment by The College Fix, the University of Tennessee media affairs department did not reply to specific questions but instead provided the March statement given about the institute from UT’s office of the chancellor.

The statement touts the institute as one that will “foster a deeper understanding of the structures and institutions of federal, state, and local government” as well as “the principles and philosophies that contributed to the foundation and development of the United States and the state of Tennessee.”

According to a mid-May article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, “UT anticipates hiring 56 people to support the institute. This includes not only the director and faculty members but also IT support and interns.”

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Go Rocky Top!

I hope this works as we are expecting, and it isn’t just another target for takeover by the left, as we recently learned regarding a center at University of Texas at Austin.

In my little “backward” Southern state, we had civics in the ninth grade. This would be in the sixties. Too bad UT students will have to wait until college to learn about it.
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