"Is Education a(n) (implied) Constitutional Right? ": A Claremont Discourse Constitution Day Panel (and free Constitutions on Sept 17)

Happy Constitution Day! On Sept 17, 226 years ago, the Constitution of the United States was ratified. To celebrate Constitution Day, The Claremont Colleges Library is offering two events :

-Free Constitutions at the Services Desk of Honnold/Mudd while supplies last (Sept 17 only).

-On Thursday, 9/19 please join us for our annual Claremont Discourse Constitution Day Panel, sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library.

Is Education a(n) (implied) Constitutional Right?
Panelists: William Perez (CGU), Gilda Ochoa (Pomona), David Menefee-Libey (Pomona)
Moderated by Jacob Adams (CGU)
Welcoming remarks by Kevin Mulroy, A.J. McFadden Dean of the Claremont Colleges Library.
Thursday, September 19, 2013, 4:15PM
Founders Room, Honnold/Mudd Library

The Founders had a lot to say on the importance of education and book learning to the survival of the early republic. The Constitution, however -- a document just as important for what it doesn't say as what it says -- never mentions education or schooling or book learning. As so often is the case with constitutional lacunae, the omission of any mention of education in the Constitution is interpreted as a call for the states to make schooling their domain. And yet the federal government constantly involves itself in education -- from funding (or the withholding of funds) to setting standards under programs such as "No Child Left Behind." To help recognize our national celebration of Constitution Day, we've assembled a panel of Claremont faculty to discuss and sort out the contradictions in federal educational policies and the ways in which The Constitution does or does not inform our national mission of education.

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