Seeing that you left out The Bill of Rights makes me wonder what grade you would get. After all, it was The Bill of Rights that we as our main source for our rights.
When I was in school, they did teach those things. Are you saying they don't now?
Please explain how it would "help them make their own opinions on the big, national issues from their own point of view, not their parents."
Every American needs to know these documents. Why should only law students know all of their rights given to them by the constitution? Very few average Americans know their rights, and that is not okay. Also, they are the basis of this country, and people who live in this country should know and understand their history.
I think we should teach the Constitution and Declaration of Independence in schools as a requirement class. It can teach our children the rights they have as American citizens, and so it can help them make their own opinions on the big, national issues from their own point of view, not their parents.
Its all our duty ,right and responsibility to protect and use the documents as a guide to how we live and take care of society and the world our responsibility america period. So yes require the people to learn how we got to this day.If you got questions u probably dont belong here if you trully love being free and human.
These documents are a part of our nation's history, and are, therefore, mandatory for a successful history class. Now, if we are talking about every nation on Earth, then that would be different. I would then say that these documents would only be taught in classes about American culture and American history. These documents would also belong in philosophy classes, classes on government, law, and human rights. To not teach these documents in school at all would be to ignore some of the most prominent documents in human history. These documents founded the first true Republic since Rome's had fallen in 43 BC. One of the most powerful nations on Earth was founded on them, and their words helped inspire colonial revolutions across the Americas. These documents are precious little blips in the history of human existence, just as much as any drivel some king or emperor could vomit out.
The U.S. Constitution and the organization/workings of the U.S. government are already taught in public schools. At least here in California students are required to take a Civics class to graduate. Civics teaches what the U.S. Constitution means clause-by-clause and it also explains how the U.S. federal government works and what powers state governments have.
I'm not quite sure if this requirement is imposed in other states, but it certainly is in California!
The original purpose of school was to teach people to read and right so they could vote. The average kid can read and right but have a very poor basic concept of the constitution and how our government works. Our kids are graduating as sheep not citizens. A true citizen knows hos or her power.
Why the heck should Canadians have to learn the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence in detail in school? Sure it would be good to learn a few aspects of it to understand the effect on international law etc... However, more than that would just waste student's time when they could be learning more relevant things.
Simply teaching the students of this country the rules outlined in old documents is not enough. We need to teach students challenge and scrutinize every rule imposed on them, even the constitution. If we are to change this country for the better, we need students that can think for themselves, and come to the conclusion that people need rights on their own.
Teaching in detail the Constitution of the United States is tantamount to a declaration that presidential democracy is an effective form of government. However, experience has shown that it is not. Parliamentary democracy is the most effective form of democratic government, as it finds in itself the ability for collegiate distribution of power—allowing for more equitable outcomes for counties with disparate minority bases or political divides.
These United States should take up the mantle of the parliamentary democracy, as it is worrying how the presidential system, with its entrenchment of power into the hands of a single man, prevents the exercise of political weight in either terms of 1) passage of legislation, 2) the hearing of rights, and 3) the exercise of executive power in an equitable manner. Parliamentary systems exhibit lower levels of corruption, greater levels of power-sharing, and also allow for the country to hear the silent majority above the cacophony of marginalised extremist groups. The Constitution of these United States does not teach any of that. Instead, it teaches that “those bound to Service for a Term of Years [will be counted as] three fifths of all other Persons” or that “The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight”.
However, onto the second point of the Declaration of Independence. Other document is a long winded rant on the supposed sins of the British Empire. It carries no real relevance to politics in our modern day—speaking mostly about political structures which are irrelevant to our current democracy. Nobody needs to know about the fact that one of the reasons for independence was the “[suspension] our own Legislatures, and [declaration that Parliament was] invested with power to legislate for [the Colonies] in all cases whatsoever”.
The Declaration of Independence is fundamentally a traitorous document, paramount to the direct rejection of authority where no reason for revolution existed. There is no need to teach our children that ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness’ are endowed by their Creator, unless they happen to be slaves; that ‘it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish [government]’, as long as they are rich white plantation owners; or that the ‘separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and Nature’s God entitle them’ are only applicable to those endowed by their fathers with riches.