Why I am grateful for history education: context, identity and liberty

Civics education, with its emphasis on mechanisms and procedures, means little if people do not understand how its creators came to the conclusions that a government needed checks and balance, for instance, or ought to avoid a king.

Be thankful for religious freedom (and the not-so-uniform Pilgrims)

Thanksgiving is an appropriate occasion to talk about religious freedom. The Pilgrims’ baby steps toward religious toleration have had surprising but welcome ramifications through the last four centuries.

Alito: Widespread support for religious freedom is shrinking

Is religious freedom “fast becoming a disfavored right”? That is the worry expressed by Justice Samuel Alito in a recent speech to a virtual convention of the Federalist Society.

Education trends: To 2021 and beyond

Year 2020 disrupted many things, including education. What is the future of education in 2021 and beyond? Ian Rowe, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, spoke about some of today’s most timely education issues at a Sutherland Institute event. Here are three important takeaways from his remarks.

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Be thankful for free markets

As we approach Thanksgiving, during a spiking pandemic, Americans still have much to be grateful for in the arena of their health. One of those things is the U.S. prescription drug market, which is driving innovation that promises to ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic and make prescription drugs more affordable.

Teaching checks and balances in grades K-6

For this fifth review, we are looking at how well standards teach the concept of checks and balances among the branches of federal government, and between state/local and federal governments (federalism).

Transcript: Ian Rowe on remote learning and civic education

“We need to focus on things like developing personal agency, understanding a sense of responsibility, strong academic backgrounds. Those are the things that allow people to prosper and propel their lives forward, not, you know, making yourself feel better by reducing expectations or reducing standards.”

The Mayflower Compact, 400 years young

November 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Compact – the seedling of self-government that became the forest of ordered liberty. This unprecedented civic covenant enabled the intrepid immigrants to survive adversity, manage and leverage their diversity, and pursue prosperity.

How the ‘nones’ vote might impact religious freedom

A priority for advocates of religious freedom should be to help those with no particular religious belief understand how their rights and liberties are strengthened when religious belief and exercise are protected.

Teaching ‘equality before the law’ in grades K-6

Sutherland Institute is seeking to understand how well Utah’s current social studies standards help students fulfill their duties in civil society and government. For this fourth review, we are looking at how well standards teach the concept of “equality before the law.”

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Our response to COVID-19

The need for careful policy analysis, review and oversight is urgent. As federal, state and local governments navigate uncharted public health and economic waters, there are so many challenges. We are aware of the responsibility this creates for Sutherland, and grateful to supporters like you, who make our work possible.


Founded in 1995, Sutherland Institute is an independent research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to advance sound ideas and principled public policy. Sutherland is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and does not accept government funding. We rely on support from corporations, foundations and individuals like you that share a commitment to faith, family, and free markets. Sutherland consistently promotes solutions that serve community needs and build on areas of agreement. We believe people are more alike than different – that policy matters, principles matter more, and people matter most. Our mission includes a charge to build future leaders: educated, able and willing to defend a New Birth of Freedom for the next generation.

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