Today is Constitution Day

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Did you know that today is Constitution Day? On September 17, 1787, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention held their final meeting where they signed the Constitution of the United States of America. In 2004, a federal law was enacted requiring all schools receiving federal funds to teach students about Constitution Day and the Constitution. But, according to a study paid for by John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, over half of all high school students questioned say they have not heard of the day.

Eric Newton, vice president of the foundation's journalism program, is concerned that an entire generation of kids are growing up without a good understanding of the Constitution. "We're concerned that teaching to the test and the emphasis on math and science is hurting the American civics education," Newton said.

Under the law, schools are allowed to determine the educational program they utilize to teach about the day, but they must teach it. Is your child's school teaching students about the Constitution today?

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