Appendix E: Preamble to the US Constitution

Apr 4, 2020 | Resources

In my book’s chapter 52, “Teach Civics — Not Reading — to Kindergartners”, I suggest making a contest out of memorizing the 52-word Preamble to the Constitution.

Not only is this surprisingly fun, but it’s an energizing way for families to learn about one little-known, yet profound principle: Our constitution guarantees to “promote the general welfare” to “our posterity.”

Posterity, according to the Oxford dictionary, means “all future generations of people.”

This is profound. Our Constitution states unequivocally that all future generations of people —our kids — have a right to both freedom and good lives! Now that’s something worth sharing with families everywhere.

And now, the Preamble:

We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

 

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