A Shrewdness of Apes

An Okie teacher banished to the Midwest. "Education is not the filling a bucket but the lighting of a fire."-- William Butler Yeats

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Here's a lesson plan for Constitution Day....

One of my students, in the midst of a discussion about the constitutional right guaranteed those accused of a crime, asked what the difference was between John Walker Lindh and Jose Padilla, given the vastly different way that they were treated.

Good question. That's a thoughtful question.

Today is the 221st birthday of the US Constitution. I would have taught about it EVEN IF Sen. Byrd hadn't mandated it legally. 

Let's see our leaders really try to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.



At 9/20/08, 4:25 PM, Blogger Mrs. Chili said...

So, what did your students determine?

I get frustrated with conversations about the Constitution, especially where GLBTQ rights and the equal protection clause are concerned. The RIGHT answer is "if you're a citizen, you get equal rights." The theory seems to disagree quite strongly with the practice, however....

At 9/20/08, 9:11 PM, Blogger Fred said...

Couldn't have said it better myself.

At 9/20/08, 9:49 PM, Blogger "Ms. Cornelius" said...

The problem is, the way that some people seem determined to undermine the Constitution in the name of "saving" the Constitution, there is no answer to the question.

Sometimes asking the question is enough. And we all should be asking it. Even if some empty-headed lackey will claim that then you're not "American." Maybe especially then.

At 9/21/08, 1:43 PM, Blogger DeannaHawk said...

I memorized the Preamble to the Constitution by way of Schoolhouse Rock from the late 70's--didn't learn about it in school.

I wonder how many others can say the same?


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