Happy U.S. Constitution Day!

This is the last day to enter the annual competition hosted by Constituting America.

On this day in history (September 17, 1787)... eleven years after the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution was signed... creating the federal government of the United States. To ensure a balance of power, three branches of government were established, each providing checks and balance for the others: Executive, Legislative, Judicial. This experiment in liberty and self-governance has successfully yielded unprecedented stability: It is considered to be the oldest Constitution still being used today.

Read more here, courtesy of History.com

Something which most people may not know... and which is explained so nicely in this link, Teaching the US Constitution:
"Federal law passed in 2004 requires that all schools that receive federal funding provide a course to all students on the Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17. The law is known as H.R. 4818, and the text is found at section 111(b):

Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution.

This law does not distinguish between elementary, secondary, or college-level institutions, so it must be interpreted to apply to all levels. This page offers several suggestions for how the very broad subject of "The Constitution" can be taught for high-school level students (as well as printables for younger students). Teachers at other levels can use the suggestions as a basis for lesson plans for younger or older students. Also, the law does not specify what the "educational program" should consist of. This provides a lot of leeway in your presentation."
Is your local school teaching lessons on the US Constitution today?

The US Constitution can be a great topic for conversation over tonight's family dinner.

Happy U.S. Constitution Day!