2023-2024 State Project - "Liberty Lives in the Lone Star State"
In April of 2023, the National Assessment of Educational Progress released a report that shows an increasing number of children lack a basic understanding of U.S. History and Civics. Nearly one-third of eighth grade students cannot describe the structure or function of government. Just 13% of eighth graders scored at or above the proficient level and the latest assessment was the lowest it has even been.
The 2023-24 T.S.C.A.R. project, “Liberty Lives in the Lone Star State!”, connects Texas kids to our American roots while providing in-person experiences for Texas students on the American Revolution. The project benefactor, The Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty at Houston Christian University, brings the American Revolution to Texas through its engaging and hands-on educational opportunities. Opened on September 15th, 2022, the facility includes a full-scale working replica of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, as well as a connecting educational commons, where visitors can immerse themselves in the history and living legacy of our Nation’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution.
T.S.C.A.R.’s nearly 1000 members will spend the 2023-24 year learning more about how the Declaration of Independence and Constitution continue to shape our everyday lives, as well as the stories of our Nation’s Founders – some well-known, and others often unsung. Funds raised through this year’s project will provide access and learning materials (a tricorn hat and pocket Constitution) to 1776 Texas students who visit the Morris Family Center for Law and Liberty, 250 classroom book sets on U.S. History, a lectern for the upstairs conference room in the Center, and 20 stick-ponies used in a learning exercise about Paul Revere's Ride.
On the eve of our nation’s 250th birthday, “Liberty Lives in the Lone Star State!” generates a new excitement about our American History – for every Texan!