Does this room look a little familiar? You’ve probably seen Howard Chandler Christy’s painting of the event we celebrate today.
Click to the Architect of the Capitol’s site for the story of the painting, intended by Congress to fill a gap in the story of America told by art in the Rotunda and throughout the halls of the building.
My old friend Dr. Gordon Lloyd of Pepperdine University, working with the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs, created a study tool from the Christy painting which should be used a lot more in classrooms. Click over to the Edsitement site, and see for yourself.
Every year there are a few more tools on the internet to study the Constitution with, for teachers to use in the classroom on Constitution Day and every day. I wonder what will be the effects in another decade.
How important is it that students learn the Constitution, what it says, and how it affects our daily lives? How important is it that students learn the history of the creation of the Constitution, and does that history reverberate for those students as they venture out into their roles as citizens in the republic created by the document?
- “It’s Constitution Day! Time to Teach Obedience or History?” (larryferlazzo.edublogs.org)
- Focus on Education: Patriot Day, Constitution Day, District Meetings (modbee.com)
- COMMUNITY COMMENT: Constitution a vital, living document (courierpress.com)
- The Bill Of Rights Institute Celebrates Constitution Day With Free Education Resources (paramuspost.com)
- Governor Walker Declares “Read the Constitution Day”?!? (progressive.org)
- “Happy Constitution Day,” Washington Post blogs