posted on Sep, 16 2005 @ 09:36 AM
Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia attached an amendment to a Federal funding bill in 2004 that designated September 17th as Constitution Day. This
amendment requires that all educational facilities that receive federal funds must teach about the Constitution on (or around) September 17th. There
is no set structure on what or how this education is to take place. It is being viewed by all as being serious or humorous.
Such activities and contests are being run throughout the US to promote the Constitution Day. Activities such as a contest where the prize is pizza
for a year for the best essay on the Constitution, to Vanderbilt University holding forums to discuss if the Congress has breached the Constitution
for violating Freedom of Speech by ordering that the Constitution Day and the education of the Constitution being taught.
For the first time, every school and college receiving federal money must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17, the day the document was adopted
in 1787.So Susan Vert, who works in the school's admissions office, came up with a flier that explains the Constitution and encourages students to
quiz each about their knowledge of it."This is something that people take for granted," she said. "People who go through the naturalization process
end up knowing more than citizens who have lived their whole lives here, and that's terrible."
Nationwide, millions of students are under orders to study the Constitution, the document that underpins the country's democracy, its way of life and
its political debate.
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I remember studying the Constitution and what it means when I went through school many years ago. My wife who is a naturalized citizen of the US
knows more about the US Constitution than my son and even his teachers!
Perhaps moves like this will lessen the number of Jay Walkers (reference to Jay Leno of the Tonight Show) who have absolutely no idea of what the
Constitution is much less than what it stands for!
How many of the Americans on this board are familiar with the Constitution as well as what it contains and what it stands for?
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