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Problematic Elements of the US Constitution

In this class we will explore some of the more problematic parts of the United States Constitution, including slavery, the 13th Amendment, and the Electoral College.
Spencer Bishins
6 total reviews for this teacher
New class
Class
45 minutes
per class
Meets once
12-15
year olds
1-6
learners per class
per learner

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Live video chat, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
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Learn about some of the more problematic parts of the US Constitution, including slavery, the 13th Amendment’s attempt to ban slavery, and the Electoral College used to elect US Presidents.
I have a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in economics/government/politics. I also have a law degree and I am a licensed attorney. I have additionally been working as a licensed attorney for 14 years.
Nothing
45 minutes per week in class, and maybe some time outside of class.
We will refer to the US Constitution and to US federal law in an age-appropriate manner. We will not discuss current politics or political opinions in this class. While we will discuss the concept of slavery, this class is not an introduction to, or overview of, the history of slavery in the United States. We will discuss the fact that slavery is included in the original language of the US Constitution, and the 13th Amendment which outlawed slavery. However, we will also discuss the fact that the 13th Amendment prohibits slavery, except as punishment for a crime.

My own beliefs and opinions will not be discussed at all in this class. We will focus on the language of the Constitution. Any questions from learners that raise political issues or discussions will be gently redirected to the actual language in the Constitution, the 13th Amendment, and the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Any questions from learners regarding the subject matter can be asked orally, or can be asked in the chat, but I will answer questions orally for the benefit of the entire class.
We will refer to the US Constitution and to US federal law in an age-appropriate manner.

Teacher

Spencer Bishins
🇺🇸
Lives in the United States
Attorney, Author, and Teacher of Government, Law, and Politics
6 total reviews
9 completed classes

About Me

I'm an attorney and author, passionate about teaching young people the ins-and-outs of law, civics, government, and critical thinking. I have been a licensed attorney for 14 years, and I worked in a public service setting for most of my legal... 
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