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Constitution Day Marked by Efforts To Educate Americans

Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 11:58 AM

By Alexandra Ward

Tuesday marks Constitution Day, the 226th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution and a time when schools and media outlets throughout the nation seize the opportunity to educate the American people about the cherished document and its meaning.

On Sept. 17, 1787, delegates gathered at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia to draft and sign a document that would go on to become the bedrock law of the land.

Since then, Americans have celebrated Constitution Day and, in 2004, Congress issued a law mandating that all federally funded schools in the country – from kindergarten to college – focus their Sept. 17 lessons on the U.S. Constitution.

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"This fundamental instrument of government is something that children should know about," Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said during a visit to the National Constitution Center earlier this month.

Many people – from members of  Congress to students and citizens – took to Twitter Tuesday to honor the Founding Fathers and the Constitution.

Some media outlets have also created activities to commemorate this year's Constitution Day. For those who need to brush up on history, the Washington Post offers a Constitution Day quiz.

The Christian Post has a "10 Interesting Facts About the Constitution" article on its website, while other news sites have posted thought-provoking columns about the Constitution's role in today's society.

Philly.com's "Liberty vs. Lawlessness" post, for example, addresses the Constitution's role in an increasingly digital world. 

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