This year I have become more “active” in politics, although that really means following issues like parental rights more closely and making phone calls and sending emails to the men and women who represent me in Washington, D.C., to let them know where I stand on those issues and to ask them to consider my opinion when voting.
The more I have looked at the issues and tried to understand all the potential benefits and consequences of different actions in the Capitol, the more I realize how ignorant I am of the U.S. Constitution. I was a history minor. I “studied” the Constitution and even memorized the basic premise of each Amendment when I was in school, but I found that I don’t really understand what freedoms are guaranteed to me expressly, which ones are merely implied (or have been assumed so by a boatload of court decisions), and a host of other information that I need to know so that I can be an educated voter and constituent.
Constitutional Literacy with Michael Farris
Then I received the 25-part series Constitutional Literacy with Michael Farris. Each episode addresses a different part of the Constitution or a different constitutional issue and presents not only what the Constitution says about it but also related judicial decisions, photographs, and other graphics that help explain the information clearly.
Some of the episodes include:
- Episode 2: Article I, Section I
- Episode 6: Powers of the President
- Episode 7: Does the Bill of Rights Apply to the States?
- Episode 15: Procedural Due Process
- Episode 22: Is the National Debt Unconstitutional?
- Episode 24: Was the Constitution Illegally Adopted?
- Episode 25: Reclaiming Our Country
I’m not an expert on the Constitution, but, because of this course, I’m learning. I intend to use it with my children as they get older so they will know these things growing up and will begin their voting careers well-versed and well-educated in the intricacies of the U.S. Constitution.
If you’re interested in owning a copy of Constitutional Literacy, please visit the HSLDA store to buy the series. There are even Constitutional Literacy Teacher and Student Guides available in PDF format free of charge to HSLDA members! (They run specials on the series regularly too, so check back often until you make your purchase.)
Disclosure: I received a free copy of Constitutional Literacy from HSLDA in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Photo credit: Jennifer A. Janes