After reading the book
Jacoby, Susan. 2008. The age of American unreason. New York: Pantheon Books.
and reading this about our beloved Constitution:
“More than a third were unable to list any First Amendment rights; 42 percent think that the Constitution explicitly states that “the first language of the United States is English”; and 25 percent believe that Christianity was established by the Constitution as the official government religion. The young are even more ignorant than their parents and grandparents. About half of adults–but just 41 percent of teenagers–can name the three branches of government.”
I decided to devote Mondays on my personal blog to exposing people to the Constitution one article at a time. I’m using official text from the National Archives and I’m trying not to do a lot of commentary. I think this might be a good thing to do for librarians around the country. If you do add commentary, try to customize it for your audience.
Maybe if our nation understood its Constitution better, it would be more interested in defending it. Call me quixotic, but it is worth a try. If you decide to join me on Constitution Mondays, please leave a comment here or on my introductory post.
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