DiggSeptember 17 is Constitution Day, marking the anniversary of its 1787 signing. Schools will teach about the Constitution, but not for the obvious reason. Their reason will be that it is now required of every educational institution receiving federal aid. However, they won't teach about the irony of that requirement, which came from the man described as the Senate's leading Constitutional scholar, yet clearly conflicts with the Constitution.
In 2004, Senator Robert Byrd (D.-W.Va.) inserted the requirement into a pork-filled spending bill that was blatantly inconsistent with Americans' general welfare, which is the Constitution's rationale. It also clearly overstepped the 10th Amendment's restriction of the federal government to only its enumerated powers.
His "solution" aside, however, Senator Byrd is correct about our insufficient Constitutional knowledge. In one National Constitution Center poll, while two-thirds of adults said detailed knowledge of it was "absolutely essential," only one in six claimed such knowledge.