The Star News Education Foundation is a non-profit corporation founded in December 2019 by the management team of Star News Digital Media, Inc. for the purpose of returning K-12 education in the United States to its former status as best in the world by 2030.
The foundation focuses on improving 7 key areas first identified in the Star News Digital Media Statement of Principles on K-12 Education published in October 2019.
1. Direct Instruction is the most effective way to teach the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic to K-5 Students, and it should become the preferred teaching methodology in all elementary schools in America.
2. Individual and local sovereignty and accountability should become the required standard for public school governance. School choice must be available to all citizens respecting the right of parents to make the best decisions for their children.
3. The objective of every high school in America should be to equip every student with skills that make them capable of economic self-sufficiency by the day they receive their high school diploma.
4. Civics and the Constitution should be required learning for everyone.
5. Shop Class (learning how to make things, build things and fix things) should be required for everyone, because developing a vocational skill is the starting point of economic self-sufficiency.
6. Home Economics (Consumer Sciences) should be required for everyone, because economic self-sufficiency begins with these skills as well.
7. Classical Curriculum, which instructs students based on the values and ideas of Western civilization, is the most effective way to develop thinkers and virtuous leaders in grades 6-12, and should be the preferred standard in all secondary schools. Character formation and the respect for human dignity nurtured in students through this curriculum provides the backbone for a civil society.
The foundation accomplishes its objectives through the publication and distribution of K-12 textbooks, conducting competitive events, awarding scholarships, and conducting professional development training for teachers, parents, school board members and school administrators.
The foundation owns the rights to two secondary school textbooks, whose first editions were published by Star News Digital Media, Inc.
– The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students
– The Star News Digital Media Guide to Shop and Engineering: A Guide to the Industrial Arts
The foundation also owns and operates the Star News Education Foundation National Constitution Bee program, which consists of several state based Constitution Bees that culminate in a National Constitution Bee. All questions asked of students in the National Constitution Bee are based on The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and Bill of Rights for Secondary School Students, which is available for purchase here.
The Star News Education Foundation is currently applying for 501 (c) 3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.
The inaugural National Constitution Bee will be held at The Phoenix Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. on June 27, 2020.
The first place winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship
The second place winner will receive a $5,000 college scholarship
The third place winner will receive a $2,500 college scholarship
To qualify to participate in The National Constitution Bee, students must finish in the top 3 in their State Constitution Bee – or in cases where the state does not have a Constitution Bee – the At-Large Constitution Bee.
The top three finishers in each State Constitution Bee will receive college scholarships and a free trip to Washington, D.C. for themselves and a parent that coincides with the National Constitution Bee.
First place winners in State Constitution Bees will receive a $3,000 scholarship, second place winners will receive a $1,000 scholarship, and third place winners will receive a $500 scholarship.
The Star News Digital Media Guide to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights for Secondary Students is a supplementary text that discusses the people and events leading up to the ratification of the Constitution of the United States. Students learn the personalities, policies, and some of the politics the framers dealt with as they designed what was as the time, a unique form of government. The story then continues through the first ten amendments, known as The Bill of Rights. The soft-cover book also contains chapter-end discussion topics, a robust appendix containing the complete text of the Constitution, The Bill of Rights, the remaining Amendments 11 – 27, a glossary, and sourced endnotes.
The Guide to Shop and Engineering for Secondary Students Volume One: Shop Basics, Drawing, and CAD – as the subtitle says – is an introduction to the Industrial Arts. In addition to teaching the foundational skills every young engineer needs to know, the Guide also features profiles of key American inventors and groundbreaking Shop and Engineering educational programs across America. The text includes a robust Glossary, useful templates, and a list of projects and plans with a unique digital dimension.
Star News Education Foundation Senior Management Team
Chairman and Founder
Michael Patrick Leahy
Executive Officer, Co-Founder and Board Member
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