Below are just a few of the projects in the works or already live. We rely on donors to help make these a reality through your generous contributions.
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We are often asked about doing projects to attract middle school students. Our new animated series, The United Safe Spaces, is a cautionary tale of where our country is headed if we aren't more careful with our liberties. The series follows the adventures of Aiden, a teen from a dystopian near-future America where, in exchange for security and contentment, the Bill of Rights has devolved into the "Bill of Safety." Free speech has been canceled to promote inclusion and social justice, and the population is under constant surveillance. Aiden, however, likes to live life by his own rules. How will Aiden and his group of young freedom fighters help restore our civil liberties and return the country to what it once was?
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To learn more, check out the presentation here (PDF).
Civics Fundamentals with Judge Douglas Ginsburg takes the 100 questions asked by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for the naturalization test for U.S. citizenship – and explores the "WHY?" to discover their meaning and importance.
We have created a two-minute video for each of the 100 questions that can be used as turnkey lessons in civics education classes nationwide. Our goal is to move beyond rote memorization of facts that dominate the current civics curriculum toward "inquiry-based instruction" that engages learners and, for that reason, is becoming more prevalent in education today. For example, one question asks, "What is the supreme law of the land?" but does not explain the concept of a "supreme law" – or why having a "supreme law" is essential to equality before the law.
It is estimated two-thirds of Americans could not pass the test for U.S. citizenship, so this project is both timely and relevant. It is important to note in December 2020, the test was revised to 128 questions, but the implementation of the new test has been delayed. Our project will address both the current 100 questions, as well as the revised 128 questions and will give us an important “first to market” opportunity when the 2020 exam is eventually put in service. You can take the test at civicsfundamentals.org.
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We Hold These Truths explores the promise and enduring influence of America’s Declaration of Independence, both at home and around the world. Since 1776, more than 100 nations have declared their independence, drawing inspiration from Thomas Jefferson’s immortal words. From Vietnam to Venezuela, from Prague to Hong Kong, millions of lives have been touched by the ideals expressed in this enduring document.
Judge Douglas Ginsburg, Federal Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, talks to leading experts and ordinary citizens, while shedding light on the U.S. Declaration through short, character-driven stories from around the world. In Paris, at the Palace of Versailles, he meets a descendant of the Marquis de Lafayette. In Prague, he tours a cold war bunker and learns that the Czech Republic’s journey toward independence mirrors the three great waves of independence that swept the world in the 20th century. He meets immigrants from Hong Kong, Venezuela, and Vietnam, all seeking the ideals of “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
In the United States, Judge Ginsburg travels from New York to Philadelphia to Baltimore and beyond to learn how the words of the Declaration influenced the abolitionist movement, the Women’s Suffrage movement, and iconic civil rights figures Frederick Douglass and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Pups of Liberty: The Boston Tea-Bone Party, and Pups of Liberty: The Dog-claration of Independence have a proven track record of being among izzit.org's most popular and beloved educational videos. We are delighted to see the flood of positive feedback from educators that love our two existing units. With all that popularity from our marvelous teachers, we knew in short order we had to give the teachers more of what they love!
The original award-winning animators have returned with ten short episodes on character virtues like hard work, honesty, and perseverance, totaling over twenty minutes of new "Pups" content. First launched in Spring 2022, these shorts are proving to be a hit with students and teachers alike.
To continue, we need your help. Please contact us here.
The goal of the Free To Choose Media Podcast is to utilize a new means of distribution for The Idea Channel® library of programs.
The podcast started in the Fall of 2018 with the Milton Friedman Speaks 15-part series. This will be used as a way to bring Friedman’s ideas to the forefront of the listener’s minds. After those programs, the content will be chosen based on the relevance of current events. The long-term goal is to build a large audience and invite guests to do interviews or hold conversations with one another on a specific subject.
The podcasts are available on Stitcher, iTunes, and Spotify.
If you have an interest in learning more about our podcasts or are interested in funding this project, please contact us via email here.
Milton Friedman, F.A. Hayek, Bob Chitester, and even one of Robert Bork's last interviews of his life, were all recorded as part of Free To Choose Network's The Idea Channel®. The Idea Channel was a good "idea" (pun intended) back when it was first created, and it is just as relevant today... if not even more so.
Free To Choose Network's The Idea Channel content has been warmly received and is now on YouTube and other distribution channels where the talks and interviews combined have received millions of views. Who would you like to see interviewed next? Which talk is going to be the next "must-see"?
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