ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

ACTA is an independent, non-profit organization committed to academic freedom, excellence, and accountability at America's colleges and universities.

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Historical Literacy

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Commemorate the Gettysburg Address with ACTA

November 19, 2013 by ACTA|

One hundred and fifty years ago today, President Lincoln delivered the immortal words of the Gettysburg Address. His brief remarks have become so embedded in the American consciousness that phrases like… Continue Reading >>

Scientific Literacy Survey Shows Mixed Results

October 28, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

What is smaller, an electron or an atom?

What resource is extracted in fracking?

Do these sound like easy questions to you? Well, they aren’t so easy for a great many Americans. A… Continue Reading >>

Why Care About the Constitution?

September 17, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

Happy Constitution Day!

Today, we honor the document that established the enduring form of government we continue to enjoy. And no day dedicated to honoring the U.S. Constitution would be complete… Continue Reading >>

What Are Our Leaders Learning?

August 27, 2013 by Avi Snyder |

"I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix."
- Former Vice President Dan Quayle

"If we don't deepen our ports all along the Gulf—places… Continue Reading >>

Citizenship and the Humanities

August 5, 2013 by William Gonch|

In a democratic republic the people are not just doctors, carpenters, journalists, or investment bankers. They are also citizens. And to do the work of citizens, they need the humanities.

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The Meanings of the Lincoln Memorial

July 2, 2013 by William Gonch|

As Americans mark the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and the anniversary of Gettysburg, City Journal has a moving… Continue Reading >>

The Real Heart of the Matter

June 20, 2013 by ACTA|

“The humanities remind us where we have been and help us envision where we are going. Emphasizing critical perspective and imaginative response, the humanities—including the study of languages,… Continue Reading >>

Fox News Chairman Cites ACTA Research

June 17, 2013 by ACTA|

Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes, winner of the 10th Bradley Prize, referred to a classic ACTA study in his acceptance speech. Speaking to an audience that included Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, he Continue Reading >>

Fitzhugh, Ravitch, McCullough

January 9, 2013 by William Gonch|

Here’s Diane Ravitch, commending Will Fitzhugh’s work encouraging deep historical learning at secondary school:

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Great Books, Western Civilization, and the Future

November 29, 2011 by Michael Poliakoff|

The Sunday NYT Book Review for November 27, 2011 includes a must-read on Western Civilization and the curriculum. Donald Kagan, Yale Historian and ACTA's 2008 Merrill Award recipient, reviews Civilization:… Continue Reading >>

ACTA on CNN

September 21, 2009 by David Azerrad|

On Friday, ACTA president Anne D. Neal appeared on CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight and stressed the importance of civic literacy in a democratic republic such as ours. Check it out:

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