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Logical
07-17-2006, 08:44 AM
This discussion has come up lately and I am suprised how many did not, so I thought I would do an informal poll of the Planet and check out the results.

Please post what year you graduated along with the the yes or no answer.

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 08:45 AM
Hell if I remember.

gblowfish
07-17-2006, 08:46 AM
Yes, it was part of the graduation requirements from High School back in the dark ages (1977).

DaKCMan AP
07-17-2006, 08:46 AM
I graduated HS/AA degree in 2003. I first studied the US Constitution in middle school, the most extensively in a 7th grade Law Studies course.

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 08:49 AM
Yes, it was part of the graduation requirements from High School back in the dark ages (1977).That was like little house on the prarie days wasn't it?

Rausch
07-17-2006, 08:50 AM
Yep, Civics I & II as well as history 1-4 and US History...

StcChief
07-17-2006, 08:57 AM
In Illinois Jr.High (Middle School in MO) Gov't was Required.

HS Grad requirement exists.

ck_IN
07-17-2006, 09:02 AM
I think it first came up in grade school as part of studying the Revolution in history class. The ending of the Revolution begat the Constitution and we covered the Bill of Rights as part of the aftereffect. This was mid 70's I think.

Studied it again or at least parts of it in middle school as part of Civil war history. They used it to demonstrate the legal lead up to the war, e.g., 10th Ammendment, and the legal fall out afterwards, e.g., 14th Amendment.

Studied it twice in High school. US Goverment was a semester requirement for graduation so we covered the Bill of Rights, the 14th, the 22nd and a few other amendments. Another was when I took an honors Current Events course. We had to tie various events to their source and detail cause/effect. One thing in particular that came up was the Civil Rights act and how it tied to the 14th and 4th. I became quite unpopular when I took the position that most everything government did was a violation of the 10th and was therefore illegal.

I graduated from Lafayette High in St. Joe Mo. Class of '83.

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 09:03 AM
It amazes me that you guys can remember this much. I can't remember anything from grade or high school, and not much from college.

DaKCMan AP
07-17-2006, 09:06 AM
It amazes me that you guys can remember this much. I can't remember anything from grade or high school, and not much from college.

kids...don't do drugs.

ck_IN
07-17-2006, 09:08 AM
It depends on the subject Keg. History is a passion of mine. I remember lots of things from my history and science classes. Now if you ask me how to diagram a sentence or the significance of various literary pentameters forget it!

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 09:09 AM
kids...don't do drugs.I've never done drugs of any kind.

Holes in my memory come from long-term depression.

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 09:10 AM
It depends on the subject Keg. History is a passion of mine. I remember lots of things from my history and science classes. Now if you ask me how to diagram a sentence or the significance of various literary pentameters forget it!Hear that.

I mostly remember hot women from college. And that I had classes. I just don't remember what they were.

HemiEd
07-17-2006, 09:12 AM
We studied it, but it has been so long ago I can not remember. It was a fairly new document then. :D

Logical
07-17-2006, 09:42 AM
Yup this is more like what I would have thought, however some other people were saying they thought that people should be given incentives to study the Constitution and how our government is set up. I remember studying the Constitution in 7th grade (67) and studying the way our government is set up in 6th grade.

JimNasium
07-17-2006, 09:46 AM
I'm sure that it was but like Kyle I have very few clear recollections of high school curriculum. I did spend significant time studying it in various university coursework. FWIW, the most valuable course from my high school days was typing….not keyboarding, actually using a type writer. That is the single skill from high school that has helped me the most.

HolyHandgernade
07-17-2006, 09:48 AM
I think I remember first studying the Constitution in 7th grade, but I knew the preamble by heart before then thanks to "Schoolhouse Rock". Graduated high school in 1987. I think my daughter's first expousure was 5th grade, however, she'll be a junior this upcoming year.

-HH

greg63
07-17-2006, 09:54 AM
Does having to memorize the preamble count?

keg in kc
07-17-2006, 09:56 AM
FWIW, the most valuable course from my high school days was typing….not keyboarding, actually using a type writer. That is the single skill from high school that has helped me the most.Ditto.

Never would've thought that my typing class would have the most impact on my life post high school, but it has.

greg63
07-17-2006, 10:00 AM
Ditto.

Never would've thought that my typing class would have the most impact on my life post high school, but it has.
Your avatar is making me cross-eyed.

JimNasium
07-17-2006, 10:01 AM
Ditto.

Never would've thought that my typing class would have the most impact on my life post high school, but it has.
I hated that class. Never could type worth a damn and my finished work typically had more white-out than clean type. Thank God for modern word processing. I may have never made it through college otherwise.

J Diddy
07-17-2006, 10:29 AM
I studied it in depth in a govt. class that was required for graduation.


I graduated in 1993.

jAZ
07-17-2006, 10:34 AM
Goverment class was a graduation (1991) requirement at SME. I think it was senior year, but it might have been junior. 15+ years is a long time.

It wasn't the first time I learned something about it. That was back in grade school I believe.

Ari Chi3fs
07-17-2006, 10:46 AM
The US Constipation... it really surprises me that so many Americans are full of shit.

58-4ever
07-17-2006, 10:57 AM
I studied it in depth in a govt. class that was required for graduation.


I graduated in 1993.

Oh my God, you are OLD! :)

58-4ever
07-17-2006, 10:57 AM
The US Constipation... it really surprises me that so many Americans are full of shit.

What exactly are you trying to say?

58-4ever
07-17-2006, 10:59 AM
I studied it all through middle school and high school. I liked it so much, I studied Political Science in college. I graduated high school in 1999.

J Diddy
07-17-2006, 11:01 AM
Oh my God, you are OLD! :)



4321

31 is not old.

J Diddy
07-17-2006, 11:02 AM
The US Constipation... it really surprises me that so many Americans are full of shit.


surely you jest

58-4ever
07-17-2006, 11:03 AM
4321

31 is not old.

Actually, it's not because it's right around the corner for me. But you do seem a little sensitive about it.

Frazod
07-17-2006, 11:04 AM
Graduated in '83. IIRC, we studied the Constitution in 8th grade.

Of course, since 8th grade was nearly 30 years ago :sulk: I could be wrong.

|Zach|
07-17-2006, 11:04 AM
Graduated in HS in '01. US Gov't and a specific test on the constitutuon at the end is required for graduation. Usually taken senior year.

On top of another class in 7th or 8th grade where it was hit very hard.

Frazod
07-17-2006, 11:04 AM
Oh my God, you are OLD! :)

DIE PUNK :bang:

J Diddy
07-17-2006, 11:07 AM
Actually, it's not because it's right around the corner for me. But you do seem a little sensitive about it.

Nah, can't change it.

CoMoChief
07-17-2006, 11:08 AM
Had to take a US Constitution test in Am. Govt my Sr year of HS in order to graduate.

|Zach|
07-17-2006, 11:09 AM
Had to take a US Constitution test in Am. Govt my Sr year of HS in order to graduate.
Were you in the class with me that year? With Joel?

greg63
07-17-2006, 11:42 AM
The US Constipation... it really surprises me that so many Americans are full of shit.


ROFLROFLROFL

gblowfish
07-17-2006, 11:54 AM
You can brush up on your constitutional rights here:

http://tinyurl.com/u1pn

Might be a good idea, considering how our privacy rights have been chipped away over the past eight years...

Rain Man
07-17-2006, 12:55 PM
I graduated in 1981, and we had a required American History course in 9th grade that I'm pretty sure covered the Constitution. There was some test that we were required to pass as a state requirement or some such thing.

MOhillbilly
07-17-2006, 01:02 PM
93 yes.

PLS course was required to get your diploma.(i got to take mine twice,cause my new school sucked)
Though it wasnt anything we hadnt studied from the 3rd grade on.

Braincase
07-17-2006, 01:05 PM
'81 Salina Central High School, took Constitition with Mr. Hauptli...

patteeu
07-17-2006, 01:30 PM
I graduated in 1981, and we had a required American History course in 9th grade that I'm pretty sure covered the Constitution. There was some test that we were required to pass as a state requirement or some such thing.

Although to be honest, I didn't learn much more than the very basics (3 branches of government, preamble, bill of rights, 1787, 1789, etc.) until well after I graduated and became more interested in politics.

Rain Man
07-17-2006, 01:38 PM
I don't think patteeu knows what he's talking about.

patteeu
07-17-2006, 01:41 PM
I don't think patteeu knows what he's talking about.

Ditto.

Jenson71
07-17-2006, 02:43 PM
Yes, I graduated this spring and took U.S. Government, a required course, last fall.

chiefqueen
07-17-2006, 03:21 PM
10th & 11th grades. I graduated HS in 1983.

Adept Havelock
07-17-2006, 03:46 PM
I think it was 5'th grade, but am not certain.

greg63
07-17-2006, 08:36 PM
I graduated in 1981...

I graduated in "82" and I too am pretty sure they breezed over it at some point.