We're grassroots organizers and we're pretty good at it, but a whole lot of our work is educating our fellow citizens about what the Constitution says, does, and how it is the playbook for the way American society is structured. In essence, we are teachers: exposing people to new ideas and helping them understand the concepts.
Each year, high schools and colleges -- which receive federal funding -- must provide programming on the U.S. Constitution around September 17th, Constitution Day. This is right up our alley!
This is an amazing opportunity for Move to Amend to get into schools and make connections with educators, administrators, and students still in possession of fertile minds. We encourage Move to Amend supporters and affiliates to reach out to your contacts in schools (or make new contacts with local schools) and offer to provide materials or present material to students yourself!
You can totally do it!
Register for our Constitution Day webinar tonight and learn how!
While it is important for education to prepare students for earning an income, the lack of basic civics has created havoc in our democracy. When it comes to We the People and our basic knowledge of what controls our lives:
- 61% don't know which party controls the House and 77% can't name their state's senators.
- Over 1/3 can't name any of the five rights protected by the First Amendment.
- In 2011, Newsweek administered the United States Citizenship Test to over 1000 American citizens, 38% failed.
- A 2015 study found only 31% could name all three branches of government.
May of the students we engage will be the voters and movement organizers we need in a few years time. And, we'll also attract many of the educators we meet; they are keenly aware of the corporate assault on public education. But more importantly, we have the ability to address young fertile minds. Who knows what positive impact a Move to Amend intervention in their civics education now might have in the future?
Most of us are teaching the truth about the Constitution to minds that are pretty set in their ways. Imagine teaching about the Constitution to young minds acting like sponges!