Apr 09, 2019 / E-news
This spring, adult learners and novice teachers took part in Constitution 101, a six-week online course focusing on the fundamentals of the Constitution and the American system of government.
Led by Robert Leming, along with mentor teachers Chris Cavanaugh, Shayne Klein, Timothy Moore, and Thomas Vontz, the class covered important topics, such as the history of the Framers, challenges to constitutional democracy, and the ideals of the Declaration of Independence. All classes were conducted online through a live videoconference.
“Since government is a reflection of who we are as a people, it is necessary for citizens to understand the philosophical ideas that influence our form of government and how the Constitution both empowers and limits government. If we want better government, we need better citizens,” said Robert Leming, who is also the director of the Center for Civic Education’s We the People program.
Each week, class was held for two hours, with each week’s subject mirroring a unit of the We the People: The Citizen & The Constitution textbook. Just like in the We the People program, the class “encourages students to think about government through inquiry, using a scientific lens rather than a political ideology,” said Leming. After twelve hours of coursework, “students feel more empowered to participate in this grand experiment we call republican government.”
At this time, Constitution 101 is not available for graduate credit. However, Robert Leming and Thomas Vontz, two of the instructors for Constitution 101, both teach other online courses related to teaching the Constitution. These are available through Kansas State University and do offer graduate credit.
The archived lessons are available to anyone who wants to learn more about constitutional democracy, at this YouTube playlist.