“We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution” is a national civic education program developed and directed by the Center for Civic Education under the Education for Democracy Act approved by the United States Congress. The Montana Justice Foundation brought We the People under its umbrella as a stand-alone Law Related Education program in 2012, and is proud to promote civic competence and responsibility in Montana’s students by supporting this engaging curriculum. We the People offers students the opportunity to learn about, evaluate, and discuss current events in light of Constitutional principles and history.
Molly Benedetto, a former Montana We the People student, shared the following of her experience with the program: “We the people has given me the knowledge to both form and back up my opinions when discussing current issues. Before I took We The People, I did not understand my civic duty as a citizen of the United States and the rights and privileges. Now, as a (nearly!) 21 year old, I make sure I am informed on current issues and participate in voting and am involved in advocating for political parties and ideals that I believe in. I feel like We The People not only informed me but also inspired me to take a greater stance, get involved, and take the time to understand.”
We the People takes place during the regular school year, and offers teachers a structured, well-tested and supported way of presenting difficult Constitutional principles. The curriculum encourages group discussion and development of writing, speaking, and analytical skills. It culminates in a statewide simulated Congressional hearing where students compete for the opportunity to represent Montana at the yearly national competition in Washington, D.C.