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Children do not have the same rights as adults.
True: Children don't have all the same rights as adults until they turn 18, like voting, for example. And anyway, if your baby sister, Ticonderoga, who your parents lovingly nicknamed No. 2, could vote, she would probably just drool everywhere.
The US Constitution is the youngest national Constitution in the whole world.
False: Actually, even though the U.S. is a young nation, it has the oldest and shortest Constitution of any nation on earth. We can’t say for sure it’s the oldest in our galaxy, but as far as we know, it is.
Writing the Constitution as we know it today was not part of the original plan for the Constitutional Convention.
True: Originally, the plan was to make changes to a document called the Articles of Confederation, but after they started making the changes, the Framers decided to write a whole new Constitution.
You have to be a citizen to go to school in America.
False: Any child living in America has the right to attend grade school. Feel free to do some extra homework and tests too, if you like.
According to the Constitution, the people of the United States elect the President.
False: The President is elected by the Electoral College; each state and the District of Columbia has a certain number of electoral votes and a president needs at least 270 electoral college votes to win. But don’t get this wrong, every person’s vote still counts!
The Bill of Rights has always been part of the Constitution.
False: The Bill of Rights was added in 1791 and it includes the first 10 amendments to the Constitution.
The First amendment guarantees you the freedom of speech, and that means you can say whatever you want, whenever you want.
False: You do have the freedom of speech, BUT there are some limits. For example, you can't use bad words in class to disrupt class lessons. Also, you probably shouldn't tell Ms. Smith about that hairy mole on her nose, but you can organize a group of your friends together to talk to the Principal about Mr. Matthews sleeping during class.
The Constitution is not available for public viewing and is kept in secret.
False: Check the schedule first, but you can see all four pages of the Constitution displayed at the National Archives in Washington, DC. You won't be able to touch it or even breathe on it because it's very fragile -- it's 227 years old.
Constitution Day is September 17th.
True: Constitution Day is September 17th because it is the anniversary of the day that the Framers signed the Constitution. What a great day for the most important document in American history.
The original Constitution was engraved in stone.
False: Jacob Shallus hand wrote the more than 4500 words of the Constitution using a quill pen. Good thing he had pretty good handwriting.
When the delegates signed the Constitution they were in the largest city of all the colonies.
True: At the time, Philadelphia was the largest city with about 40,000 people. Today, over 1.5 Million people live in Philadelphia.
In 1787, Congress was happy that the delegates had saved them the trouble of having to write the new Constitution.
False: The delegates didn’t have the authority to write a new Constitution! They had been asked to fix the Articles of Confederation. That’s one of the reasons they were so secretive about writing a Constitution.
Civil liberties are protections for the people against government actions.
True: Civil liberties are rights that are so important that the Constitution says that the government cannot take those rights away from the people. Remember that the Framers, knowing how people could suffer under a government ruled by a king, wanted to prevent the government from becoming too powerful.
Rhode Island refused to attend the Constitutional Convention.
True: Franklin pretended to be an older woman so that his articles could get published in a newspaper. Talk about being a rebellious teen.
Changing the U.S. Constitution is as simple as writing a letter to the President.
False: The President does not have the power to amend the Constitution. Changing the Constitution can be a long and difficult process that is usually unsuccessful. If you think Flappy Bird is hard, try amending the Constitution.
The people didn’t get to see the Constitution until it was posted on Facebook.
False: The Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser published a copy of the Constitution on September 19, 1787—two days after it was signed. Come to think of it, newspapers were the closest things to Facebook back then.
In the United States, we have a federal Constitution and each state has its own constitution.
True: Today all 50 states have their own constitutions, but that wasn’t always the case!
The Constitution affects everyone in the U.S. even students like you.
True: Everyone in the U.S. is affected by the Constitution every single day of their lives. Did you know that the ramps at sidewalk intersections are there because of the Constitution? How else would disabled children get to school or other places?
The President has to be at least 35 years old and have lived in the U.S. for 14 years.
True: The youngest President however, was 42 years old. That sounds old to you now, but time flies when you are young. When the school day starts to feel long, then you're getting old.
The First 10 Amendments to the Constitution are known as The Rights of Bill.
False: Close! They are known as the Bill of Rights and they were all added at the same time, three years after the Constitution was approved. You read this question too fast, we said Rights of Bill!