It’s Constitution Day!

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Happy Constitution Day!

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution, normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

It is a day all Americans should give thanks for this glorious document.

Yet what do most people know about the Constitution?

A nonprofit organization called The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a survey they conducted that yielded some surprising, and sad, results:

  • Nearly 10% of college graduates think Judith Sheindlin—commonly known as Judge Judy—is on the Supreme Court.
  • One-third of college graduates can’t identify Bill of Rights as the name given to a group of Constitutional amendments.
  • 32% believe that Representative John Boehner is the current president of the US Senate.
  • 46% of college grads don’t know the election cycle—six years for senators, two years for representatives.
  • Half of the general population surveyed cannot identify the Bill of Rights accurately.
  • Over one in ten of those ages 25–34 believe that the Constitution must be reauthorized every four years.

Anne Neal, from the ACTA group, noted, “The findings are deeply troubling and underscore how our educational institutions are utterly failing to prepare our next leaders for citizenship. In a republic which depends on an educated citizenry, it’s crucial that all Americans—especially college graduates—are fully familiar with the rights and responsibilities set out in the Constitution.”

Attorney David Gibbs, founder of the National Center for Life and Liberty, commented, “It is our responsibility to ensure that our children are equipped with biblical literacy and a solid foundational knowledge of the US Constitution.”

To help all parents with that task, we are providing a free download of a copy of the United States Constitution.

Tonight after dinner, why not read it through with your family?