Twenty-two Indiana schoolteachers, including Stacy Nolan from Kingsway Christian School in Avon, expanded their understanding of constitutional history and current events, courtesy of Indiana lawyers and the Indiana Bar Foundation.
Seven of the participants are new to the curriculum.
David Adler, president of Alturas Institute, lecturer, University of Idaho College of Law, addressed how the Constitution limits government power to protect individual rights while promoting the common good, and why the meaning of the Second Amendment and government regulation so controversial today.
Robert Dion, associate professor of political science at the University of Evansville, chair of the Department of Law, Politics and Society, addressed the role of political parties in the constitutional system.
Middle school teachers comprised 50 percent (11) of the participants, and seven of the 22 participants are new to We the People: the Citizen and the Constitution. Students in fifth, eighth and 12th grades demonstrate what they have learned in a simulated congressional hearing before panels of attorneys judging their knowledge of the U.S. Constitution, using facts to support their positions, teamwork and presentation skills.
“This is a not rote memorization of historical facts,” said Collin Gruver, J.D., director of civic education programs at the Foundation. “These students are well versed in how current events relate to historical reasoning of the founders. They cite court cases that support their opinions.”
The teachers also prepared for a mock hearing after only a few days of lecture on the topics. This was designed to give them an experience to what their students will experience when they testify.
The Foundation’s mission is to educate about the rule of law. More than 200,000 Hoosier students have learned history and government through the We the People program since it began in 1987, and 5,000 students participated in the program in Indiana in the 2017-18 school year.
For more information, visit the website at www.inbf.org.