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2014 Constitution and Citizenship Day


Dear Colleague:

Have you heard about Constitution Day and Citizenship Day? Every secondary and post-secondary school receiving federal funds must teach about the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 2014.  Independently, the school/university can determine what kind of educational program they want to administer for enrolled students, but they must hold one every year on the now-named “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.” If September 17th falls on a weekend or holiday, the schools are advised to schedule a program immediately before or after that date.

Are you wondering why September 17th was designated? Some people believe education on the U.S. Constitution has suffered from neglect and routine treatment despite it being established in the secondary school curriculum. Most Americans are exposed to formal education on the Constitution at least three times in secondary school. Okay, September 17th is significant because the United States Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1787. Did you also know the United States has the world’s oldest written constitution, and that it was written in Philadelphia? For additional information on the U.S. Constitution click on or paste the following URLs in your web browser: https://www.constitutionday.com/ OR https://www.constitutionfacts.com/.

UTHSC’s educational programming effort on the U.S. Constitution will be creating a website and handing a limited number of pocket size U.S. Constitution booklets, available in English and Spanish, on September 17th, Wednesday, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Madison Plaza lobby area to students, staff, faculty, post docs and medical residents/fellows. If you have additional questions call 901-448-2112 or email hsc-oed@uthsc.edu.