US courts make online civics education resources available

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With the coronavirus outbreak forcing the closure of schools and preventing many from leaving their houses, the US Courts are offering a series of online civics education resources so homebound students have opportunities to continue learning.

Adults and students can boost their civics IQ by watching the videos on constitutional concepts and doing the related activities. Two packages – the rule of law and the separation of powers – are designed to address documented gaps  in court and constitutional literacy.

In the five-minute video “Court Shorts: Rule of Law,” federal judges explain how the rule of law protects individual rights and wellbeing in everyday situations such as buying a breakfast sandwich, reading personal mail and investing in the stock market. The rule of law also means judges follow the Constitution even when they have to make unpopular decisions.

Also, the five-minute video “Court Shorts: Separation of Powers” has federal judges sharing their commitment to this founding principle that impacts everyday life. The video explores how Congress, the presidency and the judiciary are designed to relate to one another, particularly when dealing with contentious issues. An accompanying activity package allows student to experience the separation of powers in action.

Other civics education videos are available along with additional interactive materials in the US Court educational resources section.

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