• What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?
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    What Constitutional Rights Do Students Have?

    (percussion music) – [Stephen] Here at Education Week, we’ve been digging deep into how to improve K through 12 civics education. But one thing’s really puzzled us. If the U.S. Constitution is the core document guaranteeing American’s rights, what does that mean for students? There have been a lot of U.S. Supreme Court cases that have taken aim at bits and pieces of this question, but it’s still pretty complicated. – I am a Law Professor at the University of Chicago and I’ve written a book called the Schoolhouse Gate. Essentially, it’s about how the Supreme Court has shaped the nation’s public schools by identifying and protecting students’ constitutional rights.…

  • A Conversation on the Constitution: Freedom of Speech
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    A Conversation on the Constitution: Freedom of Speech

    – THIS VIDEO IS A PROJECT OF THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION TRUST AT SUNNYLANDS. – WHY DO YOU THINK THE FRAMERS VALUED FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN OUR CONSTITUTION? THEY PUT IT RIGHT IN THE VERY FIRST AMENDMENT. AND WHY DO YOU THINK THAT WAS FIRST AND FOREMOST? – IT ALLOWS THE CITIZENS OF AMERICA TO PUT A CHECK ON THEIR GOVERNMENT. AND IT ALLOWS PEOPLE TO CRITIQUE THEIR GOVERNMENT. AND IT ALSO MAKES KNOWN PUBLIC OPINION. – ALL RIGHT. WELL, I’M NOT SURE IT SERVES AS A CHECK. IT ALLOWS YOU TO CRITICIZE, DOESN’T IT, FREELY? – PEOPLE BACK THEN WERE TERRIFIED OF THE MONARCHY THAT EVERYONE ESCAPED FROM IN ENGLAND.…

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    Snapshots: The Constitution

    #Music# A Constitution is a set of rules for how a nation is governed. It’s a bit like a guide book for running a country. Before 1901, Australia was not a nation, but rather six British colonies. These colonies were under the law-making power of the British Parliament. During the 1890s, representatives from the colonies met to discuss the idea of joining together to form a new nation. A written Constitution was developed to set out the rules for how this new nation would work. Special meetings called “Constitutional conventions” were held to work on a draft of the new Constitution. Each colony held referendums to allow their people to…

  • Magna Carta and the Constitution – History
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    Magna Carta and the Constitution – History

    This film is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for Civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands. “Citizenship is every person’s highest calling.” Okay so how many of you already know this story the King starts acting like a tyrant, taxing people without giving them any say in how they’re governed, and throwing them in jail without fair trials. Some of the most important men of the land come together fight back and declare that they won’t be ruled arbitrarily by the king, but by laws that govern everyone. Now if you were thinking of…

  • A Conversation on the Constitution: Jury Service
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    A Conversation on the Constitution: Jury Service

    – THIS VIDEO IS A PROJECT OF THE ANNENBERG FOUNDATION TRUST AT SUNNYLANDS. – WHY IS A JURY TRIAL IMPORTANT? FIRST OF ALL, THE JUDGES IN OUR SYSTEM IN THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL TRADITION HAVE A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF AUTHORITY, A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF POWER. WE’VE SET ASIDE STATUTES THAT THE CONGRESS HAS ENACTED. THIS IS AN AWFUL POWER. AND BY ALLOWING THE JURY INTO THE PROCESS, WE SHARE THAT POWER. NOW, WHAT IS IT THAT THE JURY DOES? DOES ANYBODY KNOW– WHAT’S THE JURY DO THAT’S DIFFERENT FROM WHAT THE JUDGE DOES? DOES ANYBODY KNOW? – THE JURY DELIBERATES THE CHARGES, AND IT’S THEIR JOB TO DECIDE WHETHER OR NOT…

  • Magna Carta and the Constitution
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    Magna Carta and the Constitution

    This film is a project of the Leonore Annenberg Institute for civics of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania in partnership with the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands “Citizenship has every persons highest calling.” Okay so how many of you already know this story. The King starts acting like a tyrant taxing people without giving them any say in how they’re governed and throwing them in jail without fair trials. Some of the most important men of the land come together, fight back and declare that they won’t be ruled arbitrarily by the king but by laws that govern everyone. Now, if you were thinking of…