I'll Bet We Can All Use a Civics Lesson
For many public school children, help will arrive on Tuesday.
See if you can answer these 4 questions:
First, the house of representatives has how many voting members?
Second, what do we call the first ten amendments to the constitution?
Third, how many justices are on the supreme court of the united states?
And fourth, on what day was the declaration of independence adopted?
Here are the answers:
There are 435 members of the house.
The first 10 amendments are the bill of rights.
We have 9 supreme court justices.
And the declaration of independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.
For extra credit: What year was the constitution written?
That answer is: 1787
Each of these is a question on the naturalization test - which must be passed, along with a rudimentary english exam - in order for someone to become a naturalized citizen of the united states.
If you were born here, you got a pass.
Show of hands - how many had all 5 correct?
All the more reason that this Tuesday public schools across the nation will recognize constitution day and citizenship day. This day commemorates the September 17 (1787) signing of the United States Constitution.
Since 2004 educational institutions that receive federal funds are *required* to educate their students on the U.S. Constitution on this day.
Suggestions from the U.S. Department of Education range from "visit the constitution in person," to "make a quill pen," to "create your own bill of rights," but the most straight forward one is "try reading the constitution."
One day is not enough, but this is a step in right direction.
In the 2016 election 41.9% of eligible voters - over 100 million people - did not cast a ballot.
This despite intense interest in the Trump vs Clinton race.
I keep my copy of the constitution handy.
Given to me by Ron Paul no less!