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Is the Constitution Outdated?

Our first trimester of government was focused on the Constitution.  This unit greatly expanded my knowledge over the foundations of our government.  We learned about the groundwork of the Constitution and why, as a country, we believed a Constitution was necessary.  First, we discussed the viewpoints of the advocates and the opponents for the Constitution.  During our class time, we read articles from the Federalist’s and the Anti-federalists articles and discussed their attitude toward the ratification of the Constitution.  This was especially helpful because it provided insight as to why the Constitution was needed.  Second, we learned about the Constitution as a whole and its contents.  Before this section I had a basic understanding of the Constitution, however I was not aware of its contents or how it has shaped and affected the rights of citizens today.  Of the all the projects, and daily assignments we had for this section I enjoyed the Constitutional Research Project the most.  In the Constitutional Research Project, we were given current hypothetical situations and based on the Amendments, we were to determine if they were constitutional or unconstitutional.  I learned through the Constitution unit and project that the Constitution does not always clearly apply to modern day situations and in most cases the outcome is based on interpretation from the courts.

I enjoyed this project because it gave me an opportunity to apply what I was learning during class to real life situations.  In many of my other classes I have found myself questioning the importance of what we are learning, and often asking myself questions such as, “How is this relevant in todays society?” or “When will I ever use this information?” However, this was not the case with this unit.  I found that I was eager to find out if the hypothetical situations given were Constitutional.  I enjoyed this project because the scenarios were modern enough to grab my attention and the answers were not clearly stated in the Constitution.  This assignment allowed me to realize that even though the Constitution is the basis of our government, it does not cover many modern day problems that society faces.  Because of this, the Constitution’s interpretation is not always as clear.

This assignment taught me that the Constitution does not always apply to contemporary situations.  Through this project I learned, the Constitution’s interpretation is in the hands of the judge of the Court; and when it comes to the rights of citizens, they are not always black or white.  This assignment reinforced the idea that the Constitution does not provide a clear-cut answer and much of the outcome is up to interpretation of the reader.  The Constitution was relevant when it was written in 1787, but over the last two hundred years, the relevance has faded because society has drastically changed.  George Washington said, “The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon” 2).  This quote illustrates the importance of the Constitution to the citizens when the Constitution was first written. Nevertheless, the Constitution is not modern enough to be relevant to present day situations but should still continue to be the governing document of our country.

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  1. govsaram
    May 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    Great post, Cate! I really think that you connected our studies of the Constitution to your own understanding very well! I would advise, though, that you incorporate a few more examples and evidence in your blog post because I think that would enhance your blog that much more! Loved it!

  2. govlaurenc
    May 2, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Cate, I really enjoyed reading this. This was very well written. However, I advise that you go more in depth through providing more research.

  3. govsamk13
    May 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Cate, this is excellent! Your examples are good, however more research could enhance your overall argument.

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