Philip Bigler recently retired as the director of the James Madison Center for Liberty
& Learning. He continues to work to help improve the quality of teaching while advancing
academic excellence. Professor Bigler is a frequent speaker and presenter at conferences
throughout the nation.
In 1998, Mr. Bigler was selected as the National Teacher of the Year during a Rose
Garden ceremony at the White House hosted by then President, Bill Clinton. A highly
acclaimed history teacher for over 30 years, Bigler is widely recognized for his
innovative methods, use of technology and commitment to teaching. He is a sought
after keynote speaker and has appeared on numerous television programs including
the Late Show with David Letterman, Good Morning America, the History Channel, and
Nightline. Bigler is the author of seven books including Teaching History in an
Uncivilized World which is now available. Please see the Apple Ridge Publishers website
for further details.
“An old proverb asserts that "Civilization begins anew with each child." As an educator,
I have found this statement to be both a vision of optimism as well as a dire warning.
On one hand, our students are the intellectual heirs to Plato, Aristotle, Augustine,
and Newton; the inheritors of a rich legacy of human progress traversing three millennia.
Conversely, if we fail to successfully teach and educate our young people, we are
just one generation removed from barbarism. I have always seen my role as a teacher
to facilitate student learning in what will be a life-long quest for knowledge, to
help ignite in them the spark of enlightenment, to motivate their interest, and to
cultivate their minds.”
Liberty & Learningreceived the silver medal from the Independent Publisher Book
Awards for outstanding biography in 2010.