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Should the U.S. Constitution be a core curriculum subject in our schools?

Updated on January 15, 2011

 

The Constitution is a document which is the primary law of the land and every student should be taught about the Constitution from beginning to the end.  This document is the basis from which all our laws should be established.  It is important that our schools take the time to teach all their students about the Constitution and what it represents.

     Some have said it is a living document and in the respect that it can be changed it is true but the basic principles upon which this country was found is incorporated into the Constitution.  The Constitution should be one of the core curriculum subjects if not the primary core subject in all schools whether they be public or private.  It is important that every individual know the principles established within the Constitution and what they represent to us as individuals.  We have certain rights guaranteed to us through this document and knowing our rights as individuals is important.  Our school system is great and is one of which we all should be proud. 

     Learning about our government and how it operates is important for any school to teach their students as part of their curriculum but the Constitution should be part of that process.   The Constitution we have today has basically been the same since it was adopted.  The twenty seven amendments made reflect that it can be modified when the will of the people agree change is needed.  

     Our education system is one of the basic segments of our society and as such it needs to furnish some curriculum on which our country was found, the Constitution.  Together with the U.S. Constitution each state constitution should be taught in all schools.  This would provide not only the opportunity to learn about our national government and its responsibilities but how each state addresses their individual responsibilities.  Learning about both provides some connection between the two documents and helps students form a basic knowledge about how each government operates or should operate.  Today interpretations are being made and court cases have been filed with regards to the intent of the founding fathers on specific issues of the day.  Some of these issues involve state government rights and authority vs federal government rights and authority. 

     The points I have made in this article support the need for the U.S. Constitution to be a core curriculum in our schools.  Students today are being taught subjects in elementary school that in the past were not taught until they were in high school or college.  Providing a curriculum which teaches students about the Constitution along with government rights vs state rights is the right thing to do.  Given the difficulty of subjects now being taught at earlier ages I feel that today’s youth have the capability to understand given the subjects now being taught.  It is also important to note that learning about our individual rights is important as identified in the Constitution.  Governments at all levels have certain responsibilities and authority but that authority comes from the people and this aspect of the Constitution is something that needs to be understood.  The right place to make this happen is our educational system.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 6 years ago

      Thank you for your comment and I am happy that my article will be helpful in writing your essay. I would be interested in reading it when you are finished. I am glad that your academy stresses the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.

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      Kat Smith 6 years ago

      I am a student at Heritage Academy, a school that stresses the Founding Fathers and the Constitution. I agree completely on this and wish that every American high-school student learned about the things taught at Heritage. I do not believe in seperation of church and state and have even done a couple of research papers against it.I came across your article while doing research for a paper on the subject of teaching the constitution in school. I am greatful for your article. It has been very helpful in creating my essay.

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      Dennis AuBuchon 7 years ago

      James,

      Thank you for your comment and I totally agree with you. The Constitution should be taught truthfully as it is written not how educators perceive what it means. The information should be literally taken from the Constitution.

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      I agree with you totally as long as it is taught truthfully. It is a coincidence I came across your article today as I was reading a college textbook this weekend that a friend gave me on American History. I read the section on the founding of America and where it talked about the Constitutional Convention the textbook mentioned how important it was to the authors to have complete "separation of church and state" about TEN TIMES. But those words are not in the Constitution nor do they appear in the thousands of pages of notes taken of the Convention nor do they appear in the writings of any Founding Father except one, and that in a personal letter where those words have been taken out of context. Any kid who reads this textbook would think those words dominated the proceedings.

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      Howard Schneider 7 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

      I absolutely agree with you Dennis. The level of ignorance in regards to the Constitution in our citizenry is alarming. We constantly hear people talk about constitutional principles and we later find that they only know about freedom of speech, religion, and to bear arms. It should be taught beginning to end for at least 1 school year.

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