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Sustaining Our Freedom: Launching a campaign for Constitutional literacy

Sustaining Our Freedom: Launching a campaign for Constitutional literacy is a Sponsored Report prepared by The Washington Times Advocacy Department and Essentials in Education (EIE).

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The need for a National Constitutional Literacy Campaign

It is appropriate to announce the launch of the National Constitutional Literacy Campaign in a special section of The Washington Times, because it was The Washington Times that brought us together.

The crisis in civic education funding

If you pick up a newspaper, magazine, or academic journal around Constitution Day, you are very likely to read about the troubling decline in civic knowledge and engagement in this country. The statistics I discussed in the introduction to this special section are startling.

Colleges are AWOL in their duty to teach the Constitution

A decade ago, Senator Robert Byrd spearheaded the designation of September 17th as Constitution Day. The holiday commemorates the momentous day in 1787 when 39 delegates in Philadelphia signed the Constitution.

James Madison

Finding solutions, improving lives

In 1788, James Madison wrote in Federalist 45: "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal government, are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite."


Teaching Citizens About the Constitution

We have a saying here at the National Constitution Center: we are not here to teach lawyers, we are here to teach citizens. This is our rallying cry--one we need because making a 228-year document relevant to a 21st-century audience isn't easy. Now, after years of planning, we have found a way to take this 18th-century document into every classroom in America.

Renewing the American mind

The United States is exceptional not because of what it has achieved—independence, power, wealth, or status—but for what it stands for: liberty, equal rights, popular consent, the rule of law, constitutional self-government. To transmit this knowledge from one generation of citizens to the next is the most important requisite for American democracy.

A fertile ground for students and teachers

Educators throughout the country have long understood the value of teaching about the United States Constitution. State education leaders have enhanced the significance of that instruction by giving it a prominent place in the key documents that guide teachers in public schools—learning standards.

The power of principles

Words have power. Ideas stir the soul, but until ideas are embodied with words they are only dreams that fade away when the bright sun of reality dawns. What the brave men and women of 1776 did was face the sun and boldly declare what they knew to be true, knowing that the probability of such ideas surviving was at best a dream.

What inspires me about the Constitution

As a naive young boy seeking my own happiness, it was second nature for me to believe that most people were the same way. I believed that attaining personal happiness was more than enough of a challenge for people, without adding other people into the mix. I thought that this was the natural state of affairs.

The Civics Education Initiative: An idea whose time has come

The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP), known as the Nation's Report Card, recently released the 2014 testing results of a representative sampling of 29,000 eighth graders across the country in the subjects of history, geography, and civics. The results were disappointing, yet not surprising.

John C. Green School of Science at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, during the 1890s, vintage engraving. Old engraved illustration of John C. Green School of Science from front.

Establishing bipartisan dialogue on the university campus

This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institution at Princeton University, a program that in the words of its founder, Prof. Robert George, "celebrates the founding principles that have made America great."