Thoughts on Heritage Education: Mission... Education, Research, Outreach, Publication
Heritage Education is dedicated to the preservation, maintenance, and continuation of our American Republic (and our founding principles) as defined in America's founding documents, modeled by our nation’s founders, and seated in our Western Principles. The operating focus of Heritage Education is placed on interpretation and living history programs.
As noted by many of the founders, after securing independence by revolution, citizens turned to education to grow the young republic. If America were to have a future, succeeding generations would have to be educated on the fruits of liberty in order to preserve that liberty. Heritage Education seeks to realize that worthy goal by explicitly learning about America’s founding principles early in the careers of teachers in training. While courses are open to ALL undergraduate students, Heritage Education provides course work and hands-on interpretation and living history experiences directly connected to studying and applying America's foundation for teachers in training (undergraduate education).
The idea of American heritage is a shared notion; one that belongs to every American citizen. The same founding principles that nurtured the disparate political figures of President Barack Obama and former President George Bush also sustains their lives as citizens (as with all other citizens). The point is simple, the American heritage that animates our founding principles really does belong to the public.
Heritage Education features four elements:
Education: To support heritage education/interpretation/living history/public history as found in museums, living history parks, motion pictures, television programs and documentaries, public schools, works of fiction, Internet sites, and various other places where history might be found.
Research: To design, develop, and execute of rigorous/scholarly research related to our heritage with a special focus on interpretation and living history... to explore definitions, examples, applications, comparative studies, analysis, synthesis, theory, evaluation and assessment.
Outreach: To foster heritage through interpretative and living history programs and other public presentations via the arts and other media.
Publication: To engage in promoting heritage via interpretation and living history through publications designed to stimulate discussion, encourage dialogue, and raise public awareness of heritage education.