As a member of the iCivics pilot program for teachers in Indianapolis, I was honored to be asked to share not only my experience as an attendee of the institute, but also how my attendance affected how I taught civics the next few months. This article provides some insight on my experience.
As a constitutionalist I think that every day is Constitution Day so when Congress mandated that we all celebrate the Constitution on one specific day I thought it was ridiculous, how can they minimize the importance of the Constitution to just one day a year? Then I thought I should be able to leverage this.
This is my eleventh year of teaching and my principal always makes sure that all the social studies teachers at my school cover something about the Constitution on September 17th.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson
"If men expect to be ignorant and free, they expect what never was and never will be." Thomas Jefferson. These immortal words by the inspired writer of the Declaration of Independence set the tone for civic involvement in the newly created United States of America. And for many years, commitment to public service was practiced with zeal and sacrifice for the betterment of a society that had disconnected itself from the Old World to begin a new adventure in citizen participation.