We the People News
  • Herndon, Virginia: ‘We the People’
    Supervisors Michael R. Frey and Cathy Hudgins, issued a proclamation from the entire Board on Tuesday, June 2 to recognize students at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon. The 14-year-olds won the championship at the 3rd Annual We the People competition at George Mason University. “It’s wonderful to see that middle school students are not only learning about the Constitution but learning to understand and to dissect and to debate and defend their constitutional principles,” said Frey. The We the People, Citizen and the Constitution Program promotes civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s upper elementary and secondary students. “You are really learning the process that’s going to make a difference,” said Hudgins. Teacher Cindy Burgett says she organizes her six civic classes purposefully for civil discourse “with differing opinions so they can have a dialogue with people that don’t share their opinions,” she said. “They work so hard.”

  • Teacher: Students Know More About US Constitution Than I Do
    In the US, active participation in civic life is one of the main goals of civic education. The Center for Civic Education is one of the nonprofit organizations helping teachers and students meet that goal. The Center works with a network of 50 state programs to promote teaching and learning about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. It also shows students how they can take an active role in their government. Using a textbook and e-book series called “We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution,” high school students all over the country learn about the U.S.government. Then, highly motivated students compete with students at other schools in simulated congressional hearings. Teacher Robert Peck, from Freeman High School in Richmond, says his goal is to let students discover how to be better citizens. He says his students learn a great deal as they prepare for the hearings. "We the People’ is the program that gets people excited about civics.”

  • J.L. Bowler students participate in congressional hearing
    J. L. Bowler Elementary School fifth-grade students participated in a simulated congressional hearing recently as a part of the "We the People" program. We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is a nationally acclaimed civic education program about the history and philosophy of the U. S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. Critical thinking exercises, problem-solving activities, and cooperative learning techniques help develop intellectual and participatory skills while increasing students' understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy. The curriculum fosters attitudes and skills that are necessary for students to participate as citizens. Bowler 5th graders have participated in We the People for many years now in spite of the fact that it is difficult to make the time for the instruction of the program. The fifth-grade teachers Mrs. Kelle Sudweeks, Mrs. Arica Cook, and Mrs. Lucy Weinrich all agreed that the program was very beneficial for their students.

  • Students With Failing Knowledge of U.S. History Miss Significance of Magna Carta - Breitbart
    Dr. Jamie Gass describes Americans' lack of knowledge and understanding of Magna Carta, which "subordinated the English king to written rule of law and protected the rebellious barons’ rights, including from illegal imprisonment. Nevertheless, over eight centuries, Magna Carta has become the most enduring legal symbol of limiting the authority of those in power to trample the rights of subjects and citizens." He says there is "an outstanding exception" to American students' ignorance of Magna Carta. "This spring, at the 28th annual finals of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, a national history contest promoting civic knowledge, 1,200 high school students from across the country spent three days answering questions about Magna Carta, Edward Coke, and Anglo-American constitutionalism. Since 2011, though, We the People has been defunded by Congress; now it relies on private donations." He says it is time to change that and promote civic history in the schools.

  • Marshwood educators surprised with grants - News - - Dover, NH
    Marshwood Education Foundation's Prize Patrol was thrilled to surprise two Spring Grant Award recipients last month. The MEF Prize Patrol surprised its first Spring Grant recipient, Marshwood Middle School 7th Grade History teacher Andrew Rowe, on Friday May 15. Mr. Rowe was awarded a $9000 grant to start a "We the People" program at MMS. This program will feed into the program at Marshwood High School which has brought a tremendous amount of success for MHS students. We the People: The Citizen & the Constitution for middle grades is composed of 6 units and 29 lessons that use critical-thinking exercises, cooperative-learning practices and a culminating authentic performance assessment to teach the history and principles of constitutional democracy. Three students will work on one of the six units (18 students total) and present their unit to a panel of judges at the National Invitational in April of 2016.

  • Sen. Jeff Sessions visits Vestavia Hills High School’s We the People class -
    Sen. Jeff Sessions recently visited Vestavia Hills High School to congratulate members of the school’s We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution class for its top-five finish in a national competition. Sessions spent about an hour with incoming and outgoing members of the class in the school’s library. He discussed the ongoing legacy of the United States Constitution, a focus of study for the class, and took questions from the students about constitutional law and working in Congress. “I’m proud of what you’re doing,” Sessions said to the class, which competed last month in a mock congressional hearing competition in Washington and finished fifth in the nation. “Any of you could be a governor or president or a senator. All of you are smart enough to do that." The class, according to teacher Amy Maddox, is a study of Government with a focus on civil political discourse. The class competes nationally against other We the People teams and has finished among the top 10 eight times.

  • The Courier » WITH VIDEO: Students protest low voter turnout
    A group of Findlay High School students who waved signs high in the air as they rallied in front of the Hancock County Courthouse Tuesday afternoon say the low voter turnout in Hancock County during the May primary election sparked the idea. “We feel this is a real tragedy,” senior Timothy Polelle said of the less than 13 percent voter turnout earlier this month. The We the People civics team at the high school rallied in front of the courthouse and handed out voter registration forms as well as informational brochures about the history of voting and statistics of voter turnout, not only in Hancock County, but across the country. Polelle said his government class was assigned a “make a difference project” and chose voter turnout awareness after the results of the primary election. “Even in places like Hancock County, Flag City USA fails to have a high voter turnout,” Polelle said.“If you don’t vote, you don’t have a say in government.”

  • EGR's We the People team represents Michigan well at nationals |
    East Grand Rapids High School, representing Michigan, finished eighth in the nation at the annual "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" national finals competition. Placing in the top 10 teams gave the East Grand Rapids students the opportunity to compete the final day on Capitol Hill. The team of 31 juniors and seniors from East Grand Rapids High School spent the past year studying core democratic texts, theories and history to prepare for the national competition. The team was led by coach Janice Yates, assistant coach Alex Constantelos, and student coaches from the previous year's team. "This is a life-changing experience," said Yates. "I was blown away by the poise and articulate responses given by our students. They represented the State of Michigan extraordinarily well."

  • Carl Hayes Explains Why "We the People" Civics Contest is a Good Bet | Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
    n a recent IndyStar article, firm partner Carl Hayes discussed the We the People program as teams from Cathedral High School and Munster High School prepared to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C. More than 6,000 Hoosier students participate in We the People, which is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation. Hayes is a member of the board of the Indiana Bar Foundation and serves as the chair of its Development and Communications committee; he also is a regular We the People volunteer. We the People puts the “rounded” in a well-rounded education. The curriculum grounds students in the nation’s foundational documents, theories and people; the competition demands they apply that knowledge persuasively. “It’s not enough to know what the Three-fifths Compromise is, they have to understand it in context,” Hayes said. “They learn to think about the ‘why’ — why things are important and not just the facts.”

  • Laurel 'We the People' team got great support Billings Gazette
    On behalf of the "We the People" state champions and Montana representatives at nationals, thank you to the local businesses, local organizations and local people of Yellowstone County. By helping us pay the fees to travel and stay in D.C., you not only assisted in plane ticket costs, but you supported something greater. You supported the upcoming generation. Laurel's "We the People" team of 26 represents the next voters, congressmen, senators and active citizens in American government. The passion for American government is something we will feel for the rest of our lives, and while our teacher may have planted the seed, you watered and gave it the sunshine needed to grow. This opportunity was truly once in a lifetime, and you made it possible. Thank you to all who opened their door to some funny looking kids asking for money. Thank you to every individual or organization that sent donations to Laurel High School. Thank you to the businesses that promoted us and made our cause known.