Many say young people don’t get into politics. But more than 250 high school and middle school students from southern Indiana showed off their knowledge of the Constitution and Bill of Rights. Students competed in mock congressional hearings called We the People: the citizen and the Constitution.
The idea was for kids to study a textbook for a semester and then sit down with a panel of community judges to answer questions about what they think the founding fathers would think of the world now. Judges say they were impressed with what the students brought to the table. Program Director at UE Erin Lewis says, “These students knew exactly what they were talking about. They had not only been following the election, but they had daily been discussing it with their civics and government teacher..they look at what’s going on around the country and how people are reacting. They had very civil and reasoned responses.”
This program is administered by the Indiana Bar Foundation.