Senator Robert C. Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat and the United States Congress' unofficial constitutional scholar, believed that the American primary, secondary, and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd offered an amendment that was passed by both the United States House of Representatives and the Unites States Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the constitution.
The legislation requires that all educational institutions that receive federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year. September 17th was selected as the date for the celebration due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American Public. Click here to visit the official Constitution Day website.
Here are some great on-line resources to help you learn more about the Constitution.
- Bill of Rights Institute
- Biographical sketches of the 39 signers of the constitution
- Interactive Constitution
- National Archive online feature
- The American Civil Liberties Union
- The Constitution: The Delicate Balance
GAMES, videos and songs
- Constitution Facts: Quiz
- Constitution Facts: Real or Fake?
- School House Rock: No More Kings
- School House Rock: The Preamble