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Opening Arguments

Don't know? Ask your kids

All schools that get federal money have been required this year to devote a day to teaching students about the U.S. Constitution. How much do you know? Take this 10-question quiz and find out. Not to put any pressure on you, but I got 9 out of 10 right.

Actually, our schools turn out tens of thousands of students each year who are pretty Constitutional-literate. I've been a judge for several years for a program called We The People, in which schools commit to teaching the Constitution -- usually in a government or civics class -- for a whole semester, then take part in a nationwide competition run through the U.S. congressional districts. The program began in 1987 as part of the bicentennial celebration of the Constitution, and it's been growing ever since.


Tue, 09/20/2005 - 1:12pm

You win, Leo. But then I was a mere child when Agnew resigned.....and who woulda known that Congress is in charge of printing money? (Note to Mike Sylvester: I'm beating you to it - yeah, yeah, Congress spends money like they can print it which, in fact, they can.)


Leo Morris
Tue, 09/20/2005 - 1:22pm

You trying to make me feel old? It reminds me of George Burns'answer, after recording "I Wish I Were 18 Again," to the question "Why are you recording country music?" "Because I'm older than most countries."

Mike Sylvester LP
Tue, 09/20/2005 - 7:20pm

Well I got 8 of the 10 right.

Note to Karen: I did get the question right about Congress spending money!

I missed the question about the repealed amendment... I also missed the question about replacing the Vice President.

Leo Morris
Tue, 09/20/2005 - 7:41pm

The one I missed was also about replacing the vice president.