Teaching the Constitution
The federal mandate to “hold an educational program on the United States Constitution” can be interpreted in many ways. Some educators may find this lack of direction difficult. Keep in mind that Senator Byrd’s purpose for sponsoring the mandate was to respond to concerns that young people, as well as some adults, lack an in-depth understanding of the Constitution. This is one way to raise a level of awareness and change the trend of ignorance.
All students are to experience a Constitution Day program, not just those students who happen to have social studies that day. While you must address the Constitution, there is no set requirement on what to teach in the classroom.
As a result, there is a lot of flexibility as long as programs are help within one week prior of after September 17, which this year falls on a Saturday.
Check out our updated list of online resources to get started.