An article in this weekend’s Washington Post explored the experiences of two We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution middle school classes as they participated in Virginia’s middle school championship.
We the People changed how the Virginia students understood their government: “I assumed the president could make laws at will,” said a student from Alexandria’s Browne Academy. “However, our government has a balanced system. All three branches [executive, legislative and judicial] have important roles and serve different purposes.”
The program gave others greater confidence: “Practicing in front of the judges made me very nervous at first, but then it became easier,” said a student from Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington.
We the People also deepened this student’s knowledge. She said, “It made me feel like I could become a history major, even if I’m only in the eighth grade.”
You can read the full article on the Washington Post’s website.