Thursday, January 25, 2007

“A Constitution in Every Pocket”

Now here is a cause I can support. I even carry a pocket size copy of The Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution in my purse.

Liberty Day is a non-profit, non-partisan volunteer effort to educate Americans about the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Their website may be a little dated (they are updating it), but their goal is to work in conjunction with educators, parents, civic organizations, and government officials to provide them with ways to reach America's youth with the facts of our founding documents.

One of their programs involves teaching 8-11 year olds questions & answers about the Constitution and planning a fun, interactive event where they get to quiz adults about what they have learned. They usually hold their events at places such as state capitols, post offices, universities, and municipal forums.

A second program involves inviting speakers with civic service and government experience into classrooms, and other venues. Afterwards students complete assignments related to the Constitutional message.

Their ultimate goal is to help future generations of leaders understand the nature of our government as intended – these documents belong to the people. Their slogan is “A Constitution in every pocket.” They have no political agenda. They believe that educating Americans is our future.

I have supported Liberty Day. I believe this to be a worthwhile effort, and certainly one which homeschoolers can take advantage of.

It saddens me how our primary documents are becoming less accessible. Encyclopedia Brittanica had a marvelous set of books, “The Annals of America,” and they stopped printing it. It was filled with letters, speeches and all kinds of historical documents of importance and interest. If you are lucky, you might still be able to get a set on EBay.

In any case, check out Liberty Day - maybe you can organize a March 16 celebration of our founding documents by working with someone from your state who is already a Liberty Day co-ordinator. Check their website for contact information.

You can obtain your own pocket copy of our founding documents, but I think we all know a few legislators who should get a copy of these documents and read them too!