Saturday, September 17, 2005
For my Fellow Yanks
GOI: The U.S. Constitution turns 218 years old today on Constitution Day.
Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., the Senate's unofficial constitutional scholar, wrote the new holiday into the spending bill for the Education Department last December. Byrd, who routinely carries a pocket-size copy of the Constitution, has said that most Americans spend more time watching "Desperate Housewives" than reading the document.
"It affects every day of our lives, every act we take," Byrd said recently. "People revere the Constitution, yet know so little about it -- and that goes for some of my fellow senators."
Some experts say the problem is worsening because history and civics are receiving less attention in public schools, the result of a nationwide focus on reading and math.
GOI: As a historian I understand both the importance of history and teaching it to all generations but especially our young children. Too many young people know nothing of our country's history.
I just ordered a pocket edition copy of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and if you would like to do the same go HERE.
So, Happy Constitution Day America!!!
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