During this unit on the Constitution, I would like for you to take a minute to stop and reflect why it is important that we study this subject. Almost every year I teach a Social Studies class, it is bound to happen that a student will ask me, “Why do we have to learn Social Studies? We’re not going to use it.” First, I’d always tell the student, “Good question,” and then continue with topics such as voting, paying taxes, and even applying for a driver’s license. In almost any circumstance of every day life, we’re interacting with at least something that has to do with our country’s history: news reports on the latest developments coming out of Washington, D.C. or even what is happening within our own state capital and city hall.
Students may not immediately see the connection amongst all the aforementioned, but the knowledge of how government works and how laws shape their lives will be something they can take with them for a while. I’d like to direct your attention to some sources tagged here, so you can review it with your child (in case the question comes up as they are completing their assignments).