Wednesday, September 17, 2014

It's Constitution Day

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who, are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens.

Our Constitution still stands as our country's guide.   I don't think that it's some kind of "in stone" document.  I believe our founding fathers meant for it to be a living, breathing document.  That we have some strict Constitutionalists on the U.S. Supreme Court is a pity.

In honor of our Constitution, it's pop quiz time from the Washington Post's Answer Sheet.

Also, don't forget about Civics for All, our local home-grown initiative.

The Civics for All Initiative seeks to make Seattle a model civics education city where a “civic culture of learning” is cultivated and democratic principles are celebrated K-12 and district-wide.calls for increased civics and media literacy in each grade of the social studies, district-wide voting in mock elections each November, and K-12 civics instructional awareness “across the curriculum” when efficacious. 

On March 17, 2014, the Seattle City Council and King County Council both  unanimously voted to adopt and issue co-Resolutions of Support for the Civics for All Initiativ.

While school board support has grown, led by SB President Sharon Peaslee, over the last three years,  district leadership has shown little interest in adopting the Civics for All proposal, despite the overwhelming support across the city, in all of our legislative bodies (both city and state level delegations), from civics experts around the country, and elsewhere.

We need your help in convincing them that providing our students a quality civics-based program is the right thing to do! Please Get Involved and help convince them now!

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