How Constitution Day came to be – and its link to immigrants

It seems appropriate that the history of the commemoration of the Constitution would be linked to appreciation for immigrants to the United States whose identity as Americans was formed by the great charter of the new nation. That charter, formed in the remarkable 1787 convention, still is a uniting force for citizens and a beacon of self-determination for the world.

This Constitution Day, read the Constitution

This Constitution Day, read the Constitution. Through civics education, we can make America what the framers dreamed it would become: a more perfect union.

A summary of Utah’s education choice options (and how they help depoliticize the classroom)

What does Utah’s current education choice landscape look like? The range of education choice programs and policies include vouchers, tax credits and tax credit scholarships, public school choice, and a diverse blend of taxpayer-funded online options.

Mississippi abortion case more likely than Texas law to impact Roe v. Wade

The real possibility of overturning Roe v. Wade is found in a case pending with the Supreme Court, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. That case involves a Mississippi law prohibiting abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Knowing courts’ constitutional role, limits can calm reactions

The court’s basic role is to apply existing legal rules – which could be provisions of the Constitution, laws passed by Congress, treaty obligations, etc. – in specific situations.

History, memory and the importance of reflecting on 9/11

As we reflect upon September 11, 2001, consider the history and the memory of the day. Both are important – and combined, they argue that we as grateful Americans must do a better job of teaching our past to the future citizens of this Republic.

How freedom of religion helps bolster the right of association

Like other critical rights, the ideal of freedom of association has roots in and has been enhanced by the efforts of religions and people of faith to assert their convictions.

Civics can help solve the problems of surging COVID cases, hospitalizations

If we are to do better in the future and maintain the American experiment in self-governance, it will be at least partly due to improved civics education.

Sutherland Institute welcomes new contributing scholar

Sutherland Institute Vice President of Policy Derek Monson announced Jon Ammons will join Sutherland’s new stable of contributing scholars, with a focus on civic institutions.

Support, skills, networking – all are ways that churches help unemployed

Sometimes finding work requires upgrading skills, and faith-based organizations help here as well.

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

The Sutherland Institute Civics Initiative

In American education today, we’ve allowed an atrophy to occur. We’ve ignored the gradual reduction of history and civics and accepted an erosion of both content and context. But we can solve this problem – and it begins with families and communities. We can set aside partisan-driven approaches to history and civics and demand the most comprehensive, accurate and sequential approach to history, civics and citizenship ever conceived. That’s the Sutherland Civics Initiative.


Founded in 1995, Sutherland Institute is an independent research and educational institution – a think tank – whose mission is to advance sound ideas and principled public policy. Sutherland is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) organization and does not accept government funding. We rely on support from corporations, foundations and individuals like you that share a commitment to faith, family, and free markets. Sutherland consistently promotes solutions that serve community needs and build on areas of agreement. We believe people are more alike than different – that policy matters, principles matter more, and people matter most. Our mission includes a charge to build future leaders: educated, able and willing to defend a New Birth of Freedom for the next generation.

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