Introduction to the US Constitution

The US Constitution takes only 45 minutes to read, yet very few Americans manage to read it in their lifetimes! Why not take a short course to learn what it says and means! An investment of just 8 hours could revolutionize your view of our country’s foundations!

We’re excited to offer this 8-hour, in-person seminar as the first offering in our Community Program. Having started in 2018 with our Homeschool Program, this is our first offering to the community at large.

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DESCRIPTION
This course is designed for students from 12 to 120 years old, and we’re particularly interested in reaching out to four different groups:

  • Teens & Parents–To start ongoing family discussions about the Constitution.
  • Those wanting/preparing to take the Oath for Military, Law Enforcement, or public office.
  • Those who took the oath long ago and are now thinking more about the Constitution.
  • Everybody else!

The 8-hour course is designed to be fun and interactive, with lots of activities interspersed to keep it fresh. It’s split into two 4-hour sessions (covering a Saturday/Sunday) so that you can get it all done in one weekend. We’ll start with the very basic questions: What is a constitution, and why do we need one? We’ll discuss the Rule of Law and why that’s better than either mob rule or dictator rule. Then we’ll break down the Constitution into its various parts and see what they say. We’ll take a 10-minute break every hour, with a 20-minute snack break in the middle. (You bring the snacks!)

This is a non-partisan course aimed at discerning the original intent of the framers of the Constitution. And the main goal is to get the participants thinking about it and discussing it–and more likely to go look things up in the Constitution from here forward, rather than merely to assume. This is not some information-dumping class, where the teacher tells you everything and then quizzes you on it. No, this is a discussion class aimed at getting you thinking about the Constitution and all the various issues that surround it.

We’ll take a test at the end and we’ll mail you a certificate afterwards. There’ll also be a couple of door prizes and a prize or two for particularly-insightful answers in class.

ABOUT THE TEACHER
Jack Pelham is the Executive Director of We, Montana! and teaches most of the courses in our Homeschool Program. He’s a professional writer and teacher, and is the author of the novel, The Extraordinary Visit of Benjamin True (The State of the Union as no one else would tell it). He also authored the nonfiction online book, Character Not Included: What America must fix before she can fix anything else. He also publishes the video podcast, Reality-Based Thinking: Rethinking the World with Jack Pelham and the audio podcast, Rethinking the Bible with Jack Pelham.

Registration

SESSION DATES
For starters, we’re making three dates available (all in September), and will continue to book extra sessions from there as they fill up. We have to have 20 enrolled on a weekend before we’ll go forward with a class. The dates we have schedule so far are:

  • Course 1. Saturday September 12, 8am to Noon; Sunday September 13, 1pm to 5pm.
  • Course 2: Saturday September 19, 8am to Noon; Sunday September 20, 1pm to 5pm.
  • Course 3: Saturday September 26, 8am to Noon; Sunday September 27, 1pm to 5pm.

When you register, pick one of these sessions, or either tell us you’d prefer to be on the contact list for a session in October or November (if we have them).

MATERIALS NEEDED
You’ll want to bring a notebook and a folder for various handouts, along with two or more pens. (You’ll be seated at tables.)

CLASS CAPACITY
32.

LOCATION
This course meets, as do all our courses, in the We, Montana! Great Room. If you would rather have this class at your own location (such as at your church or civic club or school), we’ll travel to any town in Montana. See “Special Locations” below.

SPECIAL LOCATIONS
We could come to you (in your Montana location) if you provide:

  • the location (your church or school?)
  • suitable tables/chairs, lighting, and video projector with screen
  • a guarantee of at least 25 seats sold (and no more than 30)
  • 50% paid by check when we book the class, and the rest paid on the day of class, before the course begins.

To discuss a special location arrangement, please contact Jack Pelham.

INSTRUCTOR
Jack Pelham

FEE
This special course is part of our Community Program and costs $50 per person when the course is held in the Great Room in Billings. (For special-location arrangements, a travel fee will be negotiated.)

To Register

Follow this link to Google Forms, where you can give us your contact information and then pick which weekend you want.