ERIC Number: EJ792070
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
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Order in the Court!
Instructor, v115 n2 p41-42 Sep 2005
This fall teachers will have the infrequent, but valuable opportunity to teach children about the Supreme Court and its confirmation process. The appointment of a new Justice lets students witness the Court's role and how the three branches of government work together. Teachers also report that the Court is a favorite topic because children can see how rulings have affected their daily lives--in cases that deal with segregation, wearing protest armbands to school, immigration, or free speech. Lessons on the Court and the confirmation process should go well beyond memorization of facts. Diana Hess, faculty on the Supreme Court Summer Institute for teachers, says as a general rule, the best ones are those that require kids to process information and make some kind of decision. Role-playing and debates, which require judgment and critical thinking, help students better understand the Court and the confirmation, as well as larger lessons about the judicial process, checks and balances, citizenship, and the rights others have won for today's students.
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Government (Administrative Body), Legislation, Courts, Debate, Civics
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