Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Constitution Day

On this day in 1787, the United States Constitution was signed. Each year on September 17th, many of us reflect on the historical and political significance of this document – Constitution Day. This point in time, and in this excited political climate, I see the need of a good-old-fashioned Civics Education. Civics was a Social Studies/US History & Government class most public school students were required to take in 9th or 10the grade. I hear many people completely mis-interpret, mis-translate, and mis-explain aspects of US (Federal & State) governing policies. Public Education programs – formal and informal – are perfect opportunities inspired by such celebration days, to help clarify some basic Civics Education I think is so desperately needed.
I was listening to the Diane Rehm Show today that featured Laurence Tribe. He is a Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard University and author of more than 100 books and articles, including "American Constitutional Law," "On Reading the Constitution," and "Abortion: The Clash of Absolutes". He talked about his work: The Invisible Constitution (Inalienable Rights). He goes through each amendment and gives historical context, explanations, and consensus of the ‘unwritten’ interpretations of the Constitution. Very interesting. I recommend listening to it.

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