View Poll Results: What documents did you learn about in your experience in a US Public School?

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  • Federalist Papers

    16 39.02%
  • Declaration of Independance

    37 90.24%
  • Bill of Rights

    41 100.00%
  • Remainder of the Constitution

    33 80.49%
  • Articles of Confederation

    22 53.66%
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Thread: Public Schools and the Constitution

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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Ok I went to a Catholic grade school where I learned about the constitution but I just have to mention - Schoolhouse rock Now that was a way to teach kids. Now whenever I hear school and the constitution I can't help but start to sing "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union....."

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    YouTube - Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Quote Originally Posted by americanwoman View Post
    Ok I went to a Catholic grade school where I learned about the constitution but I just have to mention - Schoolhouse rock Now that was a way to teach kids. Now whenever I hear school and the constitution I can't help but start to sing "We the people, in order to form a more perfect union....."

    And for your own benefit :

    YouTube - Constitution Preamble - Schoolhouse Rock
    We watched this a few weeks ago in my legislation class. It's as awesome as it was when we were kids.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Quote Originally Posted by Goobieman View Post
    They are also not easy for younger people to read.
    I disagree. The Federalist Papers are quite within the reading ability of high school students.

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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Quote Originally Posted by celticlord View Post
    I disagree. The Federalist Papers are quite within the reading ability of high school students.
    To settle this argument, we need a consensus of high school students.
    Celticlord, your high school days are far behind you, as are your college days(6 to 8 years)...You write as an highly educated man....this takes time...How can you remember your school days with accuracy ??..

    As to my recollections as to what I was taught in Chatham High School....it was too long ago, and I think we were too young to appreciate the importance of the Constitution and related papers..

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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    To settle this argument, we need a consensus of high school students.
    Celticlord, your high school days are far behind you, as are your college days(6 to 8 years)...You write as an highly educated man....this takes time...How can you remember your school days with accuracy ??..

    As to my recollections as to what I was taught in Chatham High School....it was too long ago, and I think we were too young to appreciate the importance of the Constitution and related papers..
    I currently attend public school. Last year, as a freshman, I learned in Civics class about evey document mentioned. The teacher also had the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights on his wall. He ran an after-school debate club that handled many issues related to the 1st and 2nd amendments, among others. I'm in a gifted program, but I'd say that most of the students I know can handle our founding documents. It should be mandatory to know at least the Constitution fairly well to graduate.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    In high school, the only ones which we studied the text in depth were the Bill of Rights and the rest of the US Constitution. We learned the historical context of the other three, but we never really delved too deeply into the actual texts.

    They couldn't make room in the curriculum for silly things like the Declaration of Independence, when they had to have time to discuss more important things, like the history of pre-Columbian Native American tribes in Ohio.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    We learned about them all in at least a passing summary, but I'd say we only really spent significant time on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Of course it depends on what you mean by significant or in depth. What I consider significant could easily vary from what others consider significant. Civics was only a semester long class for us and I think the teachers properly decided to focus a bulk of their efforts on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. I went to a public high school in the suburbs of Chicago in the early 90's.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    They couldn't make room in the curriculum for silly things like the Declaration of Independence, when they had to have time to discuss more important things, like the history of pre-Columbian Native American tribes in Ohio.
    This is hilariously true. By 9th grade, I knew more about the Iroquois than I did about "American" history.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    I can't really respond since I never went to public school, but in the private school I did attend, I learned about all of them.
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    Re: Public Schools and the Constitution

    After reading these posts, I realize that my experience in public schools was even more different than I thought. As for the poll, the only part that I learned to a large degree was the Bill of Rights, but in elementary school more so than in high school. We had to memorize the amendments and recite them in front of class in 5th grade. As for high school, my school district cut Civics class the same year I entered 9th grade so never took it. This is at least one major difference I've noticed between my school and others. In government class, in 12th grade, it mostly focused on "checks and balances" and small parts of the Constitution.

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