How much do you know about the history of America? If your answer is “Not as much as I’d like to know”—stay tuned! Today on Home School Heartbeat, host Mike Farris and his special guest discuss a new resource for teaching and learning American history.
This week, I’m joined by the host of Morning in America and former Secretary of Education William Bennett. Bill and I have been friends for a long time. Bill, welcome to the program.
Thanks, Mike, thanks very much.
Bill, one of your passions is American history, and recently, you’ve created a 2-volume set of history books and accompanying teaching materials that families can use. It’s a book called America: The Last Best Hope. Tell us about these books and why you wrote them.
I wrote the books, Mike, because history’s our worst subject. Our kids don’t know history. They’re worse in history than they are in reading or math. I wrote it because they don’t know the story of America. And maybe most important, I wrote it because they don’t have this feeling of love and kinship with this country. They don’t know about its greatness, they don’t know its story.
You know, I think the American story is the second greatest story ever told, and the greatest political story ever told. And our kids need to know it. They need to know it much better than they do. They need to feel a bond, a sense of kinship with this country. This is the country they’re going to live in, after all.
Bill, it sounds like a great purpose for the book. How do people get a hold of it?
The book is available at bookstores, at amazon.com, but the teaching materials are also available. People can go to roadmaptolastbesthope.com. The book is America: The Last Best Hope and the website, roadmaptolastbesthope.com.
Bill, thanks so much for joining us today. I’m Mike Farris.