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American bar association inititive for high schools
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Saturday, 20 April 2002
The American Bar Association, the leading US organization of the legal profession, is launching a special initiative entitled, “Dialogue on Freedom.” The initiative, being conducted with the support of the ABA, is designed to foster among the nation’s youth the identification and
understanding of fundamental American values and those universal moral precepts that all free people share.

The terrorist attacks on September 11 underscore the necessity for serious and constant discussions about American civic values and their compatibility with other cultures. Through dialogues in the nation’s classrooms, this initiative will enable students to engage in discussion of shared values as Americans in relation to our identities, our civic traditions, and diverse world cultures.

The underlying theme of the special initiative is whether these values can be seen as offering hope, not a threat, to the rest of the world.
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