By Kimoi Felmine ’16
Students saw history in a different perspective as the Constitutional Law Class took a trip National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 21.
Mr. Stuart Rothstein, the Constitutional Law teacher, took his students on the trip to learn things that happened in history that still affects modern history. It was also a lesson to show that with time, perception changes meaning, the Constitution may apply to certain aspects of life depending on that time period or era.
Rothstein said this trip was to get the students to fully understand what was learned in class.
“I thought it was a good experience. It taught us how we the people have the power to change things,” Ashley Mahon ’15 said.
Kylah Noel ’16 said, “I went on the trip because everyone who had gone said that it was a really cool place.”
On the trip students were able to watch two live shows, one of which recapped important turning points in history such as slavery and the making of the Constitution. The second show displayed landmark court cases and how they still have a huge impact on what others can and cannot do today. For example, one of the court cases called New Jersey v. T.L.O., 1985, talked about the restricted rights of teachers to search bags. Ironically enough, police officers are not allowed to search a person’s belongings without a search warrant which was a court case Rival v. California.
The Constitution is the framework and a living document that The United States abides by. It was designed to make sure that the United States stays in order and safe, to ensure security.
“The constitution may be interpreted in different ways but it was made for our protection and it is up to members of the Supreme Court to determine its rightful usage in a situation,” said Rachel Dumay ’16.
The Supreme Court votes on cases that affect the interpretation of the Constitution. They decide whether laws made in Congress are unconstitutional.
Furthermore, student also had fun sightseeing and getting a part of the action. Students learned and experienced many things that are not often taught in a US History class.
“There were a lot of live shows there and interactions that included us in them,” said Noel ’16.
In addition, the students were able to see the famous Liberty Bell. From this trip, many learned that the Liberty Bell was first hung somewhere else and it was only until many years later that it was placed in the museum.