Increasing Knowledge of the the U.S. Constitution
"Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom."
– John Adams, 1789
This public forum held in Wichita, Kan., was presented by the Bill of Rights Institute
and underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation.
The Bill of Rights Institute was established in 1999 to educate students and teachers about our nation’s Founding principles and how those principles continue to affect and shape a free society. The Bill of Rights Institute receives grants from the Charles Koch Foundation, Fred and Mary Koch Foundation, and David H. Koch.
As budgets for liberal arts and social studies continue to shrink, BRI provides much needed instructional materials and conducts programs that teach the words and ideas of our Founders and the liberties and freedoms guaranteed in our Founding documents. BRI reaches about 30,000 teachers annually.
In Kansas, thousands of teachers and students have attended BRI seminars such as "The Supreme Court, the First Amendment, and Belief," made possible by grants from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. Funds from the foundation also enable teachers to expand their knowledge of government and the Constitution at BRI summer conferences in Washington, D.C. A 2010 Kansas-wide assessment of middle and high school students found a statistical difference in student knowledge among students whose teachers attended BRI programs.
In addition, grants from the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation underwrite free BRI-sponsored public forums featuring scholars and distinguished authors on a variety of topics.