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Scholar's favorite topics — education policy, curriculum & instruction, and social studies — will be discussed after Labor Day at the following public forums. Get one or both on your calendar now, and maybe you'll see Scholar there.

"What Should Schools Teach About the U.S. Constitution?"
Dr. John Eidsmoe, constitutional attorney and professor, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University, author
Saturday, September 17, 2005 (6:30 pm, registration; 7:00 pm, event)
Grace Church, 9301 Eden Prairie Road, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Sponsor: EdWatch
Cost: $15 per person. Dessert and refreshments provided. CEU's available for teacher credit.
Reservations due by September 8, 2005
For further information: Phone 952-361-4931

Congress has declared that "educational institutions receiving Federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year." What will students at your local school be learning each year on that day? That the U.S. Constitution means whatever the Supreme Court Justices say it means? Or does the Constitution represent principles that endure regardless of judges or administrations?

10 points to the first person who can say why Congress chose September 17th for this day. Claim your points in the comments.

"A Patriot's History of the United States: How Academic Bias Distorts America's Past"
Larry Schweikart, professor of history, University of Dayton, author
Thursday, September 22, 2005 (7:00 pm)
Providence Academy, 15100 Schmidt Lake Road, Plymouth, MN 55446
Sponsor: Center of the American Experiment
Cost: Prepaid reservations are only $5 if received by September 12 and $10 afterwards or at the door. Tours of Providence Academy will be available following Professor Schweikart's presentation.
For further information: Phone 612-338-3605.

Larry Schweikart, author of A Patriot's History of the United States and professor of history at the University of Dayton, will examine historians' deceptions regarding the Reagan years, focusing on the "deficits" myth and "The Speech that Won a War," the famous 1983 "Star Wars" speech that revealed to the USSR that it could not win the Cold War.