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Constitution

The University of Akron

2000

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Education And The Constitution: Shaping Each Other And The Next Century, Elizabeth Reilly Jan 2000

Education And The Constitution: Shaping Each Other And The Next Century, Elizabeth Reilly

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Thinking about the interaction between the Constitution and education reveals that they are deeply interconnected, at profound levels of interdependence and complexity. Those connections are often strikingly visible, but are sometimes quite subtle.

A fundamental interdependence was formed with the decision to formulate our governmental structure as a democratic republic. The Constitution created the necessity for adequate public education to prepare the citizenry to exercise the role of self-government. An educated voting public underpins a successful democratic structure, as was explicitly recognized in Brown v. Board of Education, in which the Court acknowledged:

the importance of education to our democratic ...