ERIC Number: EJ770115
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: 12
How Will the U.S. Supreme Court Decide?
O'Brien, Joseph E.
Social Studies, v93 n2 p63-67 Mar-Apr 2002
The U.S. Supreme Court is less visible to students than either Congress or the president. The Court's rulings on cases, however, are as influential on everyday life and on the political system as any bill passed by Congress or signed into law by the president. "Brown v. Board of Education," "Roe v. Wade," and "Bush v. Gore" testify to that statement. When studying Congress and the presidency, students often follow such current events as elections, the use of military forces abroad, and significant pieces of legislation, yet they typically investigate the U.S. Supreme Court only after the judges decide a case. Why wait until the Court issues a ruling before studying a case? Why not enhance students' understanding of the judicial process and the issues addressed by tracking Court cases? In this article, the author presents an overview of research that supports that approach, offers reasons for following the Supreme Court's work, and suggests sources on the Internet to accomplish that.
Descriptors: Current Events, Court Litigation, Internet, Legislation, High School Students, Politics
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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