American Approaches to Teaching the Constitution

As we announced in a previous article, yesterday, 19th of January, took place at the American Corner within the National Library of Romania, from 3 PM, the workshop „American Approaches to Teaching the Constitution”, organized by the United States of America Embassy and moderated by Ms. Marisa MacIsaac.

The purpose of the workshop was represented by the assimilation of the practical way of teaching the Constitutional law in the US since elementary school, thus it began with the visualization of an educational clip about the Preamble to┬áthe US Constitution. Make no mistake… in elementary school begins the formal education of the young students regarding the fundamental rights, liberties and duties, but the nonformal education is offered to them since early childhood, through songs, games, stories and such other methods. In the 3rd grade, the american students go on a trip to Washington, D.C., where they visit, for example, the Lincoln Memorial, the US Capitol or the Washington Monument. Thus, they benefit of a precious lesson about the past of the nation, as well as the role and the functioning of the central authorities, by the means of a pleasant experience.

The distribution of some didactic materials┬á–┬áelaborated by a team of specialists within the US Embassy under the coordination of Ms. Marisa MacIsaac –┬áabout the freedom of expression (article 30 of the Romanian Constitution) took place right after. After reading the article, the participants to the workshop offered examples of thoughts, opinions, beliefs and creations covered by this freedom, thus allowing the differences between each category to follow naturally. After the comprehension of the freedom of expression’s content, we proceeded to analyze the┬á6th paragraph enumerating the limitations of the aforementioned freedom, for raising awareness of the rule’s relativism: „My freedom ends where another one’s begins” (John Stuart Mill).

If these discussions were the theoretical part, the practical one consisted of the article 30 reference to the content of some comics within those materials, to determine whether the limits of the freedom of expression were breached. This task was initially accomplished at a group level, a reporter presenting afterwards to the other participants the┬ágroup’s conclusions. The teaching method is similar to the one used in the US. It is based on the numerous researches in the field of educational sciences, having a profoundly interactive nature and aiming the assimilation of the information by the students in a logical manner, through their own conclusions and deductions, within working groups and under the guidance of a moderator:┬á„To follow the process and come to a conclusion are more important than memorizing the information”.

On this occasion, we salute the excellent action of the US Embassy and we hope that we shall fulfill the request for elementary legal education┬áthrough the „Be independent through law!” Guide.


Dup─â cum am anun╚Ťat ├«ntr-un articol precedent, ieri, 19 ianuarie, a avut loc la American Corner din cadrul Bibliotecii Na╚Ťionale a Rom├óniei, ├«ncep├ónd cu ora 15, workshopul „American Approaches to Teaching the Constitution”, organizat de Ambasada Statelor Unite ale Americii ╚Öi moderat de doamna Marisa MacIsaac.

├Äntruc├ót scopul workshopului a fost reprezentat de asimilarea modului practic ├«n care este predat Dreptul constitu╚Ťional ├«n SUA ├«nc─â din ╚Öcoala elementar─â, acesta a debutat prin vizualizarea unui videoclip educativ despre Preambulul Constitu╚Ťiei SUA. A nu se ├«n╚Ťelege gre╚Öit… ├«n ╚Öcoala elementar─â ├«ncepe educa╚Ťia formal─â a elevilor cu privire la drepturile, libert─â╚Ťile ╚Öi ├«ndatoririle fundamentale, ├«ns─â educa╚Ťia nonformal─â este oferit─â acestora ├«nc─â din fraged─â copil─ârie, prin c├óntece, jocuri, pove╚Öti ╚Öi alte asemenea metode. ├Än clasa a 3-a, elevii americani merg ├«n excursie la Washington, D.C., unde viziteaz─â, spre exemplu, Monumentul Comemorativ al lui Lincoln, Capitoliul Statelor Unite ori Monumentul Washington. Astfel, ei beneficiaz─â de┬áo lec╚Ťie pre╚Ťioas─â at├ót despre trecutul na╚Ťiunii, c├ót ╚Öi despre rolul ╚Öi func╚Ťionarea autorit─â╚Ťilor centrale, prin intermediul unei experien╚Ťe pl─âcute.

A urmat distribuirea unor materiale didactice┬á– elaborate de c─âtre o echip─â de speciali╚Öti din cadrul Ambasadei SUA de la Bucure╚Öti┬ásub coordonarea┬ádoamnei Marisa MacIsaac –┬álegate de libertatea de exprimare (art. 30 din Constitu╚Ťia Rom├óniei). Dup─â lecturarea articolului de c─âtre participan╚Ťii la workshop, s-au oferit exemple de g├ónduri, opinii, credin╚Ťe ╚Öi crea╚Ťii ce cad sub inciden╚Ťa acestei libert─â╚Ťi, astfel ├«nc├ót diferen╚Ťele┬ádintre fiecare categorie au decurs ├«n mod natural. Ulterior ├«n╚Ťelegerii con╚Ťinutului libert─â╚Ťii de exprimare, s-a procedat la analiza alineatului (6) enumer├ónd limit─âri ale libert─â╚Ťii anterior men╚Ťionate, ├«n vederea con╚Ötientiz─ârii relativismului normei: „Libertatea mea se termin─â acolo unde ├«ncepe libertatea altuia” (John Stuart Mill).

Dac─â aceste discu╚Ťii au reprezentat partea teoretic─â, partea practic─â a constat ├«n raportarea art. 30 la con╚Ťinutul unor caricaturi din cuprinsul acelor materiale, pentru a se determina dac─â au fost sau nu dep─â╚Öite limitele libert─â╚Ťii de exprimare. Aceast─â sarcin─â a fost ├«ndeplinit─â ini╚Ťial la nivel de grup, un raportor prezent├ónd ulterior tuturor participan╚Ťilor┬áconcluziile grupului.┬áModalitatea de predare este similar─â celei utilizate ╚Öi ├«n SUA. Aceasta┬áse fundamenteaz─â pe numeroasele cercet─âri ├«n domeniul ╚Ötiin╚Ťelor educa╚Ťiei,┬áav├ónd un profund caracter interactiv ╚Öi propun├óndu-╚Öi asimilarea informa╚Ťiilor de c─âtre elevi ├«ntr-o manier─â logic─â, prin propriile concluzii ╚Öi deduc╚Ťii, ├«n cadrul unor grupuri de lucru ╚Öi sub ├«ndrumarea unui moderator: „S─â urma╚Ťi procesul ╚Öi s─â ajunge╚Ťi la o concluzie sunt mai importante dec├ót memorarea informa╚Ťiilor”.

Salut─âm, cu acest prilej, excelentul demers al Ambasadei SUA, ╚Öi sper─âm c─â vom ├«mplini dezideratul unei educa╚Ťii juridice elementare prin intermediul Ghidului „Fii independent prin drept!”.

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