Countdown to the Constitution – Virginia Plan Introduced

May 25th, 2011 by

Philadelphia -  Though 11 days late and still many members short, the Federal Convention finally secured the arrival of enough participants to begin discussing revisions to our Articles of Confederation. The Convention’s original slated start of May 14th saw only 2 delegations arrive in Philadelphia. Since then, 7 more delegations have completed their sojourns to Read more…

Countdown to the Constitution

May 24th, 2011 by

This summer, the Bill of Rights Institute will be blogging the Philadelphia Convention of 1787. Beginning tomorrow, May 25 – the date when enough delegates had arrived to give the Convention a quorum – the Bill of Rights Institute’s ”A More Perfect Blog” will give weekly accounts of the key actions and conversations of the Read more…

Honoring America’s Finest – A Memorial Day Tradition

May 23rd, 2011 by

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God” Inscription at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Arlington National Cemetery As Hurricane Isabelle approached Washington, D.C. in September of 2003 the exodus of the city’s work force was in full gear. Supplies were swept from store shelves and windows were boarded up. Read more…

Calling for a Teacher Discussion of the Nation’s Civics Report Card

May 18th, 2011 by

Recently the results of the 2010 National Assessment of Educational Progress civics assessment were released. The results were mixed. It was encouraging to see that the performance of fourth graders improved since 2006 – and that this increase was reflected through all demographic groups and all skill levels. It is also worth noting that teaching Read more…

Airport Security – Protective or Provocative?

May 12th, 2011 by

While traveling this weekend, my mom and I were discussing whether we would still be required to take our shoes off at the airport since Osama bin Laden had been killed. She pulled up the TSA website and found that in the last week, they have confiscated: 7 artfully concealed prohibited items found at checkpoints 13 firearms Read more…

Teaching about the death of Osama bin Laden

May 9th, 2011 by

Almost immediately after President Obama announced that the U.S. had killed September 11 mastermind and Al-Qaida head Osama bin Laden, teachers knew it would be a topic of conversation the next day in school and for months and years to come. We work to prepare curriculum resources that tie constitutional principles to current events in ways Read more…

Electing the President

May 5th, 2011 by

This spring marks the start of the 2012 Presidential election campaign. In early April, President Barack Obama announced his reelection bid for the White House. Tonight, May 5, the first official GOP Presidential debate will take place in South Carolina. America’s electoral system is quite unique and often quite confusing. Although our country is frequently Read more…

Facebook and the Fourth Amendment

May 3rd, 2011 by

Internet privacy is an ever growing concern in our tech-savvy era. Recently, United States senators John McCain and John Kerry introduced a bill that called for an internet “privacy bill of rights” in conjunction with the Department of Commerce. “Does the bill do enough to protect our privacy?” The St. Louis Today reported on Monday Read more…