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‘C’ is for Constitution: Our kids don’t know much about America’s founding

…It’s time we start teaching them.

Another school year, another year of protests, “no platforming,” and other affronts to free expression on campus. Should we be surprised? Probably not. A majority of students now believe that “hate speech” – which is not defined under U.S. law and, thus, is subjectively conceived – does not deserve First Amendment protection.

And should we be surprised by that? Almost certainly not. There’s no reason we should expect college students to be able to make sound constitutional arguments when they don’t even know the content of the First Amendment. For more than a third of Americans can’t name a single right guaranteed under it.

You’d have to be living under a rock not to see that our social fabric is unravelling and that even basic civil discourse is becoming increasingly rare. There are a lot of explanations for why. Higher education in particular has come under fire, with childish campus behavior ranging from therapy sessions with Play-Doh, puppies, and coloring books to safe spaces to vandalism as specific bugaboos. But while college campuses have their issues, they are not the primary source of this civic unravelling.

The National Assessment of Educational Progress found in their last polling that only 18 percent of eighth graders performed at or above the “proficient” level in U.S. history. To be a good citizen in a democracy, especially in one as diverse and complex as ours, is to understand the underpinnings of what makes democracy possible. The quantity and quality of civic education in America’s public schools has declined over the past century, but really started to nosedive around the start of the 21st century.

Whether that’s due to heightened cynicism about America’s role in the world, a general increase in moral relativism, or other factors is a different issue. But now that a problem of practice has been diagnosed, specifically the lack of training in the fundamentals of governance, we can do something about it.

Let’s begin as a nation by celebrating Constitution Day. Most Americans have no idea that September 17 is a federal observance, one founded in the early-20th century to mark the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the founding document in Philadelphia. And each educational institution that receives federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.

Read more at the link below.

Attribution: Fox News Network

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  1. Nancy,
    We’re not citizens of a democracy, we’re citizens of a representative republic or constitutional republic. There’ s a big difference. Otherwise you are 100% correct, that battle for the survival of this country must be fought in the schools. I’m 58, I hope we’re not too late.

    1. The Marxists did their “long march through the institutions” and took over public education in the US. That’s what happened. Of course they don’t teach the Constitution or any form of real civics any more. Or history (except for approved communist revisionist “history” aimed at indoctrinating kids to hate their own nation). This is all intentional. Which is why anyone who has their kids in public schools (or their grandkids) is an idiot. – Stewart

  2. I agree that teaching the US Constitution, the required Oath of all who serve within our governments, is critical to the well being of our constitutional republic. Most refer to our constitutional republic as a “democracy”, including those who serve within our governments and are required to know better and to follow the written contract(s) they serve under, the US Constitution, state Constitutions.

    “To be a good citizen in a democracy, especially in one as diverse and complex as ours, is to understand the underpinnings of what makes democracy possible. ”

    The US government is NOT a democracy, and we only have one thing within it that is partially democratic, elections. Nor are political parties (factions) supposed to exist or choose our candidates for us.

    Alexander Hamilton: “We are attempting, by this Constitution, to abolish factions, and to unite all parties for the general welfare.” (Debates in the Convention of the State of New York on the Adoption of the Federal Constitution, Tuesday, June 25, 1788. In: Henry Cabot Lodge, ed., The Works of Alexander Hamilton (Federal Edition), Vol. 2, New York, 1904, p. 57)

    John Adams: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties, each arranged under its leader, and concerting measures in opposition to each other. This, in my humble apprehension, is to be dreaded as the greatest political evil under our Constitution.”

    George Washington, Farewell Address: “Let me… warn you in the most solemn manner against the baneful effects of the spirit of party.”… “And of fatal tendency … to put, in the place of the delegated will of the Nation, the will of a party – often a small but artful and enterprising minority. … They are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the Power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”
    And “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.”

    Alexander Hamilton: “Nothing could be more ill-judged than that intolerant spirit which has, at all times, characterized political parties.” (Federalist 1, October 27, 1787)

  3. The author of this article would do well to embrace the distinction between a republic and a democracy. Faux Snooze, what do you expect.

    This is a link to an online news outlet that conducts and sponsors Constitution Bees, with the winner of the contest, student from grade 8-12, including home school, gets and expense paid trip to DC and a $3000 scholarship. They hold the bee in Tennessee, and this year expanded into MN, MI, and OH.

    https://tennesseestar.com/2018/11/12/registration-is-open-for-the-tennessee-star-constitution-bee/

    The news outlet is also looking for other state sponsors:

    “Residents of other states interested in operating Star News Constitution Bees in their states are invited to apply for licensing rights in their states for the 2020 Star News National Constitutional Bee. State license agreements will be available in January 2020, and will include training sessions conducted in Nashville during the April 25 2020 Tennessee Star Constitution Bee.”

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