The primary goal of We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is to promote civic competence and responsibility among the nation’s elementary, middle and high school students. What makes the program so successful is the design of its instructional program, including its innovative culminating activity. The program includes:
(1) an instructional component, focused on enhancing students’ understanding of the institutions of American constitutional democracy and discovering the contemporary relevance of the Constitution and Bill of Rights; and
(2) a culminating activity of a simulated congressional hearing in which students “testify” before a panel of judges. Students demonstrate their understanding of constitutional principles and have opportunities to evaluate, take, and defend positions on relevant historical and contemporary issues.