On Saturday, February 17, Aaron Hull, who has taught We the People at Greenwich High School for the past 15 years will present at the by TexasLaw/State Bar of Texas Conference on Civic Education in a Time of Upheaval.
Panelists Cynthia and Sanford Levinson, Katherina Payne, and Aaron Hull will present: Fault Lines in the Constitution. To the extent that the Constitution is taught in middle schools and high schools today, focus is generally placed on two areas: (1) the genius of the Framers in creating a government of divided and balanced powers, and (2) the perfection of the rights accorded to citizens, particularly those embedded in the Bill of Rights. Such anodyne and uncritical approaches to our founding document, however, diminish students' civic capacities. As the panelists will explain, celebratory approaches to teaching the Constitution are both inadequate and inaccurate. Cynthia Levinson and Sanford Levinson, authors of Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Framers, Their Fights, and the Flaws that Affect Us Today, a book for young readers, explain an alternative perspective on the Constitution, focusing on the ways that the structures of our government contribute to dysfunctionalities in American political life. In addition, an educator, Aaron Hull, will provide insights into ways to make civics education more complex and comprehensive.
Mr. Hull’s students have won numerous national essay contests, have been to the We the People national championship six times, have taken projects to National History Day finals, and won the ConSource/Harlan Institute Virtual Supreme Court national competition.