VIDEO: What do students know about the Constitution?
- Ahead of Constitution Day, Campus Reform traveled to the University of Georgia.
- There, students' knowledge of the nation's governing document was put to the test.
Ahead of Constitution Day, Campus Reform traveled to the University of Georgia to ask students there for their thoughts on the nation's founding document, where it was written, who wrote it, and what rights it guarantees to all Americans.
Several students said that overall, the Constitution is a good thing. However, others weren't so sure.
"I believe the constitution isn't very inclusive of people," one student said.
Another student called the question of whether the Constitution is a good or bad thing "tricky," saying that "there are parts of it that are good and that we need in society but it's also like, the time it was created, there are a few questionable things about it."
"Obviously it's just meant to be taken as a guideline and that's why we have a bunch of amendments to it. It wasn't meant to be permanent either...it's not designed to be unchangeable," one student said. Asked whether the country should scrap the constitution and draft a new governing document, the same student answered, "If it no longer fits what we're needing, then yes."
Campus Reform then tested students' knowledge of the history of the Constitution. The first question they were asked was who wrote it.
Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, and James Madison were all answers given to that question.
Madison wrote the Constitution.
Students were then asked where the Constitution was drafted. Their answers included Connecticut, Boston, Maine, and Philadelphia.
Philadelphia is the correct answer.
Students then answered how many amendments are in the Bill of Rights, and to name one of those amendments.
One student identified the right to bear arms in the Second Amendment. Campus Reform asked for the student's thoughts on the amendment.
"I'm impartial," he said.
Another student said of the Second Amendment, "I feel like you should be able to prove that you deserve to have one [a firearm]."
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