Commentary: There are many resources to help you celebrate our US Constitution | Life

Earlier this month, I read with interest the national plebiscite in Chile to determine whether or not to approve a new political convention, drafted by Chile’s Constitutional Convention in 2020 (it was rejected). I’m always a bit constitutionally conscious in September, because the 17th is the annual observance of the US Constitution and Citizenship Day, commemorating the signing of the US Constitution in 1787. Over the past few years, I hosted The Constitution Out Loud, a round-robin public reading of the document and its amendments, in the atrium of Washington State University’s Terrell Library (well, except for 2020 when we ‘ve read on Zoom, of course). This year we read it on Friday the 16th (or will have read it, since I’m typing this before it happens). Additionally, I also have an asynchronous option – an annotated copy of the Constitution is available at the Terrell Library until the end of next week for readers to read and mark what they have read so someone else can continue it. Copies of the Constitution are also available for anyone interested, at least until I run out.

The reading of the Constitution and its amendments is interesting. Some of them are totally outdated and bogged down in detail, and some of them are seemingly ripped from the headlines. Like virtually all college libraries and many public libraries, WSU libraries have many books on the Constitution, how it was written (including the influence of Native American ways of thinking), how it was interpreted and reinterpreted, and how she let so many people down. years, including women, Native Americans, African Americans and others. But the Constitution is not a static document; it is a living document. Over the past 235 years it has been amended, starting with the Bill of Rights, and made more inclusive. My friend, Ben Calabretta, is the acting director of WSU’s Center for Civic Engagement, and after reading it last year, he tweeted something that really touched me: “I read the constitution today. It’s not a perfect document, but I understand that we have a way to change it through amendments. Forming a more perfect union will always be a work in progress.

I would like to share some Constitution Day resources that may be of interest to students, teachers, homeschoolers, and those of us who are committed to lifelong learning. I’ll start with the official Constitution Day website (constitutionday.com) which has some basic resources, but other sites have a lot more information and are more educationally focused.

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