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Academy of American Studies
May 20, 2004
Brian Lamb, Chairman and CEO, C-SPAN, and the students of the Academy of American Studies

From the web site of Academy of American Studies:
The blessings that we enjoy as Americans, as well as the challenges that we face, are rooted in our dynamic history. To prepare today's students to become the leaders of tomorrow, it is essential that they gain a deep and abiding appreciation for the value of our past as a road map to the future.

The Academy of American Studies grew out of the belief that today's students will be better prepared for the challenges of tomorrow if they have developed insight into the history of the United States. Developing an increased understanding of the past through research as well as trips to sites of current and historic interest should lead to a better understanding of the concept of citizenship and expanded college and career opportunities. The school is the result of a collaborative effort begun in 1992 by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Queens High School Superintendent. It was developed in consultation with parents, the United Federation of Teachers, and the Council of Supervisors and Administrators.

To pursue this mission, the Academy has the commitment and support of the Gilder Lehrman Institute, as well as colleges, universities, foundations and major New York City institutions. The instructional plan emphasizes high student expectations for both high school and post-secondary educational achievement. This emphasis has led to high passing rates on Regents exams, high attendance rates and recognition in several local and citywide newspapers. The curriculum theme focuses on American History through interactive methods such as cooperative learning, use of audio-visual technologies, up-to-date computer software, internships, trips, and individual research projects utilizing material from major libraries. In this way, students will learn history through the study of public documents and personal memoirs, and through hands-on visits to major historical sites while experiencing a strong and often challenging overall academic program.

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