November 23, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Former Gov. Ed Rendell and his wife, Judge Marjorie O. Rendell, are launching a program with Arcadia University and the National Constitution Center to boost citizen engagement in the democratic process - in part by getting young people interested early. At a morning news conference at the Constitution Center, the Rendells announced the formation of the Rendell Center for Citizenship and Civics at Arcadia. Ed Rendell cited a poll conducted before the Constitution Center opened in 2003 that he said showed "high school students were remarkably uninformed about our system of government.
September 17, 2012 |
THE NATIONAL Conference on Citizenship and National Constitution Center last week celebrated the 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills is exploring how citizenship has changed in the 21st century. Rapid technological advancements, economic globalization and political forces around the world have had a profound impact on our democracy and on what it means to be a productive member of society.
September 16, 2011
By Sandra Day O'Connor Every morning at the beginning of class, students all over America stand and place their right hands over their hearts to give the Pledge of Allegiance. Sadly, for too many kids, this will be the limit of their civic education and engagement. At a time when our nation is making decisions about fundamental, long-term priorities - economic solvency, budget parameters, health policy, the United States' role in a volatile world, and more - too few Americans are prepared to join or benefit from the debate.
July 15, 2009 |
It is the last place where you'd expect to find a school that teaches about civic rights - and has links to Philadelphia's National Constitution Center. But after driving an hour from central Kabul, over potholed roads jammed with trucks, cars, motorbikes, and carts, and then maneuvering along a narrow, rutted dirt track and through wheel-deep puddles of water, we reached the Marefat school. The two-story, pale-green, concrete building is built around a courtyard, with a balcony opening onto second-story classrooms.
November 21, 2008 |
She was just a trim white-haired lady in a black-and-white checked jacket and black button earrings, but she nearly took Shard? Miller's breath away. "She's my dream," Miller, a junior at Constitution High, said of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. O'Connor spent the first part of her day in a Philadelphia courtroom, helping to clear a backlog on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She wore a black robe and asked some questions. Later, she traveled to Constitution High School - a Center City magnet school emphasizing history and civics - for a ceremony christening a new mock-trial courtroom in her name.
September 15, 2008 |
At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, 221 years ago this week, a crowd approached Benjamin Franklin. They asked whether the founders had created a monarchy or a republic. "A Republic, if you can keep it," he replied. Franklin's brief response captures the dual qualities upon which the survival of American democracy depends: an enduring Constitution, and an engaged and informed citizenry. Each depends on the other - citizens need the Constitution to guide them, and the Constitution needs citizens to infuse it with new meaning in each generation.
November 20, 2006 |
On Dec. 2, Philadelphia will host at Lincoln Financial Field the 107th annual bout between the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. For another late autumn weekend, Philly will be brimming with some of the most talented and driven undergraduates in the country, all in town to support their football teams. These students are not only among the nation's best football fans but also among its top scholars, each exchanging a commitment to military service for a free, top-notch education.
September 21, 2006 |
As Pennsylvania's first lady, Marjorie O. Rendell has traveled the state to talk about issues relating to civic education, history and the arts, often with the governor by her side. But with Gov. Rendell running for reelection, she is nowhere to be seen on the campaign trail. Unlike those of first ladies before her, Rendell's day job as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit means she has to adhere to strict rules of conduct that prevent her from delving into politics.
September 15, 2005 |
Brandon Claybrook didn't have much interest in American government until he signed up two years ago for a new extracurricular program at Cheltenham High School called Constitution Scholars. Now, he is an expert on issues ranging from the free speech rights of Internet spammers to the implications of state laws denying felons the right to vote. He has been to the U.S. Supreme Court, and joined other students from Cheltenham and Masterman High School in Philadelphia to discuss constitutional issues with Justices Sandra Day O'Connor and Stephen Breyer.
November 2, 2004 |
All across the country, in big cities and small towns, in red states and blue ones, energetic and expensive efforts are being made to get young people to vote. Last time around, only 13 percent of eligible young people actually went to the polls. The percentage of young people voting in presidential elections has fallen since 18-year-olds first were given the right to vote in 1972 - with one exception, 1992, when Bill Clinton's answer to "boxers or briefs?" seemed to energize younger voters.