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ERIC Number: EJ1003182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Sep
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
Teaching Privacy in the Twenty-First Century
Edbrooke, Odette; Ambrose, Meg Leta
Social Education, v76 n4 p217-220 Sep 2012
What would Benjamin Franklin's Facebook page look like? Would he be "friends" with William Pierce, James Madison, or Alexander Hamilton? Would there have been a separate Facebook group for the framers of the Constitution, where they would have posted comments on the wall regarding the different stipulations that needed inclusion in the document? If Benjamin Franklin and his Facebook friends had been aware of the technology that is ubiquitous in the United States today, what would be different in the very document that governs American society? Questions like these can encourage students to view the eighteenth century in a new light and to understand the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and its Amendments. Today's students are fascinated by technology and its applications. The authors believe that teachers have a great opportunity to build on this interest as they teach about the Constitution and its Amendments. In each lesson, it is important to remind students about the perspective of the framers. What were their priorities? In post-revolutionary America, what regulations did they perceive as necessary for the United States? By putting these questions in the context of the technological issues that are currently challenging the U.S. legal system, teachers can provide students with a firm grasp of the rights that are relevant to them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States