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"Dare to Think" : A Conference on Restoring America's Heritage

William Korach

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EST)

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The Clay County School District Superintendent Charlie Van Zant and The Report Card are proud to present a Dare to Think conference on restoring history and civics to its proper place in education. From November 4 - 5 attendees will learn how American Exceptionalism and pride in America's heritage of liberty are being restored in our public and charter schools. Buy your tickets before October 18th and save 21%.


The American Council of Trustees and Alumni in their report entitled "Losing Our National Memory" offered this research of American Universities: "100% do not require American History, and 78% require no history at all." It is scarcely better in high schools. Joel Klein, J.D. former Commissioner of NYC Public Schools said: "Our kids are clueless about global history. And foreigners know more about de Tocqueville and the Constitution than Americans. Our kid's ignorance of civics is a serious problem." The NAEP says that only 12% of high school students are proficient in American History. 

Outstanding Speakers and Topics

Clay County School District Superintendent Charlie Van Zant shares plans to reinforce American history instruction, and the concept of American Exceptionalism. 

“It is vital that we teach our children a true account of American history, and to share with them the elements that made this nation exceptional.  We need to encourage an interest in American history and the founding principles.” Superintendent van Zant Clay County School District





Dr. Daniel Scoggin CEO of Great Hearts Charter Management Organization, operator of 16 top performing Charter Schools in Arizona. 95% of Great Hearts students attend a four-year college; Average SAT score is 1833, highest in the state of Arizona “The Role of a Classical Education for morality and citizenship.”


Dr. Peter Wood, President National Association of Scholars. NAS mission is to promote academic freedom at America’s colleges and universities topic:Fuhgeddaboudit:  How Schools and Colleges Foster Historical Amnesia

Mr. Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School; Topic: Challenging the Tyranny of History Textbooks. Use great history books and avoid "blame America first" textbooks!


Rev. Marty McCarthy, President Cornerstone Educational Foundation, former President of Regent Schools of the Carolinas, Inc., and rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Charelotte, NC will chair a panel discussion on moral concerns:

 “To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt


Mr. Will Fitzhugh, President of the Concord Review, publishing the best High School papers in America. Topic: "Reading maketh a Full man, Conference a Ready man, and Writing an exact man.” Francis Bacon, 1625. Fitzhugh says: “We are not asking our students to read history books, to discuss them or to write serious papers of their own. And their education is seriously diminished as a result.”

Armand Alacbay, JD. Director of Trustee Programs American Conference of Trustees and Alumni. ACTA is committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities. Topic: “Losing America's Memory: Historical Illiteracy in the 21st Century.”


President James Monroe will speak on the importance of understanding the historical importance of the Monroe Doctrine. President Monroe will provide an after dinner speech sure to delight. Nationally recognized actor Dennis Bigelow plays President Monroe.


"Dare to Think" offers attendees solutions. You will learn from six nationally recognized speakers how public and charter schools will: 


  • Instill an appreciation of American Exceptionalism and heritage
  • Engender an appreciation of historical benefits of the Free Markets in America 
  • Drive an understanding of America's place in the world
  • Develop excellent reading and writing skills
  • Offers business attendees an opportunity to participate in promoting history and learn about proven charter schools, Great Hearts Academies 
  • Offer a clear timetable and methodology for implementation 

Great Hearts Charter Schools CEO Dr. Dan Scoggin will demonstrate how his schools perform in the top 5% of all Arizona schools though a classical education and a respect for Western Values. 

The event tickets are $125 each, but if you buy before October 25th, save 21% and pay just $99.00. Price includes full conference access, Five meals catered by Anthony's  and the Founding Fathers dinner theater performance. 

Schedule of Events:

November 4, 2013

Welcome: Superintendent Van Zant Welcomes attendees and introduces conference:


9:00-9:30 A.M. Breakfast


9:30-10:15 AM: “Fuhgeddaboudit How schools and colleges foster historic amnesia and what to do about it


Dr. Peter Wood, National Association of Scholars


10:15-11:00 AM


Dare to Overcome the Tyranny of Textbooks


Paul Horton History Department, University of Chicago Laboratory School


12:00-1:00 PM Lunch


1:00-2:30 PM Panel: Renewing Our Moral Heritage


“To educate a man in mind and not in morals is to educate a menace to society.” Theodore Roosevelt

Moderator: Marty McCarthy Cornerstone Educational Foundation

            The founding values of the United States need to be prominent in our history classes. Dr. Dan Scoggin, CEO Great Hearts; Stephen Gruschov, Liberty Counsel Attorney; Clay County School Superintendent Charlie Van Zant


2:30-3:00 PM Break


3-3:45 PM Do History and Writing Still Matter? How to develop great writing skills


Mr. Will Fitzhugh, Publisher of the Concord Review


4:00-4:45 Panel Discussion, Raising the Bar and Rigor

Paul Horton, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Dr. Peter Wood, NAS, Will Fitzhugh, Publisher: The Concord Review, Armand Alacby, ACTA



5-5:30 PM “Losing our Collective Memory”


Dr. Armand Alacby, Director of Trustee Programs American Conference of Trustees and Alumni


Conclude Day One


5:30-6:00 PM Cocktails, Networking


6:00-7:00 PM Dinner

Special Dinner Entertainment: President James Monroe, Discusses History lessons and Liberty


November 5, 2013


Day 2 The Great Hearts Schools and Western Civilization


9:00 AM-10:00 AM: Dr. Dan Scoggin “The Role of a Classical Liberal Arts Education and Citizenship


10:00-10:30 AM Summary of Action Items for Breakout Groups


10:30-11:45 AM Breakout Groups discuss and evaluate action steps and report back


Breakout Groups to Discuss Action Steps


Expansion of School Choice: Charter Schools


Classical Education


Battle of Midway Essay Contest


The Concord review


History Fairs


Oral Histories



Noon-1:00 PM Lunch Conference Concludes







Have questions about "Dare to Think" : A Conference on Restoring America's Heritage? Contact William Korach

When & Where

The Thrasher-Horne Center
283 College Drive
Orange Park, FL 32065

Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM - Tuesday, November 5, 2013 at 8:00 PM (EST)

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William Korach

William Korach is the publisher of The Report Card a digital magazine advocating a return to educational excellence and the history of America's Heritage in our public schools. Korach is a former Commander in the United States Naval Reserve. In 2010 Korach was President of the Navy League of St. Augustine that was selected for the Outstanding Council award worldwide. He is a member of the Naval Order and the Military Officers Association. Korach is First Vice Chairman of the Republican Executive Committee in St. Johns County. He is a member of the National Association of Scholars.

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