A class of students at Zebulon Middle School have learned a life lesson this year, all while learning about the American political process.
Social Studies teacher Donnie Pearce and AIG teacher Linda Lloyd led the students through the process of trying to create an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
That amendment would require lawmakers to follow the same laws they adopt and apply to other citizens in the country.
While it’s hard to imagine a group of middle school students being the genesis for change in a document as all-encompassing as the U.S. Constitution, the exercise, which lasted throughout the school year, offers students a number of valuable insights:
They’ve found a lobbyist willing to support their cause by conferring about the matter with a state legislator. And they’ve sought and received support from mayors to establish a state convention on the matter.
There’s still the matter of getting support from the North Carolina legislature and lawmakers in other states.
This class of students at Zebulon Middle School may move off to high school and never think again about this constitutional amendment, but they’ve learned lessons they can apply in the real world. And those are lessons worth learning.