Education is continuing to move online as institutions and others explore how to utilize the internet for such a meaningful purpose. The Mercatus Center at George Mason University, funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, is at the vanguard of such experiments with MR University, an online education platform.
Subject Individual Freedom & Free Markets
Azhar Aslam, a London-based plastic surgeon originally from Pakistan, developed a remarkable literacy program. He had proved it worked in small pilots of a few dozen children. In just six months, they gained the basics of reading and writing with a couple of hours of teaching each day. By starting small, he came to realize a bigger question: how might the program be scaled up so that it could benefit his country of origin, a place in which illiteracy is correlated with poverty, intolerance, and violence?
This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir John Templeton. To commemorate that milestone, a new documentary film about the life and legacy of Sir John,CONTRARIAN, is being released this month.
The UK-based TaxPayers’ Alliance has received the 2013 Templeton Freedom Award for its work to reform Britain’s tax system. The Alliance produced a report, The Single Income Tax, which is regarded as having reframed the debate over Britain’s economic growth strategies. The report became almost instantly influential, with more than 10,000 downloads in its first week of publication.
How much religious freedom can governments allow? How much religious freedom do human individuals need? Is there an understanding of religious freedom that can be generalized across different places and traditions?
In 2004, the United States State Department designated Vietnam a country of particular concern. This meant that Vietnam exhibited ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom. However, just over a decade later, it is rapidly becoming a model nation in Southeast Asia for dealing with issues of religious freedom and the law.