Constitution Day

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Originally, this day was called Citizenship Day, but in 2004, Congress declared September 17th each year, as a day to celebrate and commemorate the signing of the Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

The following is an excerpt from the official presidential proclamation of Constitution Day for 2013:

In May of 1787, delegates gathered in the Pennsylvania State House to chart a new course for our nascent country. They met in a time of economic hardship and passionate debate, but with the understanding that while controversy is a hallmark of democracy, the forces of tension and uncertainty pale in comparison to the strength of our common ideals. In a document that has endured for more than two and a quarter centuries, the Framers put forth their vision for a more perfect Union.

Our Constitution was signed on September 17, 1787, and after an extended period of national conversation and with the promise of a bill of rights, it became the supreme law of the land. Since that time, America’s Constitution has inspired nations to demand control of their own destinies. It has called multitudes to seek freedom and prosperity on our shores. We are a proud Nation of immigrants, home to a long line of aspiring citizens who contributed to their communities, founded businesses, or sacrificed their livelihoods so they could pass a brighter future on to their children. Each year on Citizenship Day, we welcome the newest members of the American family as they pledge allegiance to our Constitution and join us in writing the next chapter of our national story.


CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT OBAMA’S PROCLAMATION OF CONSTITUTION DAY FOR 2013

All schools in the United States that receive public funding are required to provide “programming” to “celebrate” the  Constitution on September 17th.

If you’re a homeschooler, then you have the freedom to do the lesson today – or some other time.

Here are several links  that might be of value in reaching this goal.

 

So, what lessons do you use about the Constitution in your homeschool?


Is it really important for the next generation to understand the U.S. Constitution?

Does it matter if we teach it at all?


How do you “celebrate” the Constitution?

Surprise me.  Leave a comment.

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