The primary goal of education should be to encourage critical thinking, scholarly inquiry, and responsible teaching. Schools and colleges should be strongholds of intellectual diversity, including the philosophies of economic freedom and prosperity.

Too many students graduate from high schools and colleges without the job skills needed to compete in our knowledge-based economy. Worse, many students lack a basic understanding of the foundations of our free and civil society, the very concepts that allow our government to function and our nation to flourish.

The John William Pope Foundation believes that Americans are obligated to teach both the current and next generations about the Western traditions of liberty. To achieve this, the Foundation supports North Carolina-focused educational institutions, student societies, academic centers, student groups, and policy groups that research education issues. These centers and groups provide the needed but underrepresented freedom-centric perspective in college classrooms.The Foundation prioritizes institutions that encourage intellectual diversity and critical thinking in state. The geographic focus is primarily North Carolina.


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