There was a lot on the news yesterday about how the newly sworn-in House of Representatives decided to read the Constitution in its entirety at the beginning of their session. Now the Constitution can be a pretty dry recitation, but as political stunts go I suppose you could do worse.
Yet, whenever I think about the Constitution, I will always think back to high school and an American History class that I had when I was a sophomore. You see, we’d been studying the government and the Constitution and one day our teacher started off with a pop-quiz.
“Take out a sheet of paper and write the preamble to the Constitution.”
We all sighed and rolled our eyes and bent over our desks, trying to keep our Flock of Seagulls style haircuts out of our eyes as we wrote. In the quiet of the classroom, you could begin to hear a slight humming…
“Mmm hmm mm hmmmm… mm mm-hmm hm hmm…” which grew louder as we all began writing.
“OK — WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU PEOPLE DOING!??!?” our confused teacher protested after a few minutes.
Of course, since we’d been kids in the 70s, we’d learned most of our history and grammar from ABC’s “Schoolhouse Rock” which had been inserted from time-to-time in between Saturday morning cartoons (you know, when cartoons were only televised on Saturday mornings).
After explaining this to him, he just shook his head and said, “Who said you kids can’t learn anything while watching TV…”