to parents re: Moot Court Activity
Dear Parents or Guardians,
part of our study of [Select which is appropriate for your class:
the First Amendment, the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution,
the role and importance of law in the American constitutional system],
we will be conducting a mock Supreme Court hearing. We will focus
on Texas v. Johnson, the 1989 case involving burning the
American flag. Because it concerned freedom of speech, Texas
v. Johnson is a First Amendment case.
or defacing the American flag is an emotionally charged issue for
most Americans. In the State of the First Amendment 2000,
published by The Freedom Forumís First Amendment Center, 51% of
the adults surveyed opposed an amendment to the Constitution to
prohibit flag-burning. Yet in the same telephone survey, 74% thought
flag-burning as a form of political expression is wrong.
In education, we are responsible for developing
critical thinkers. Through the arguments presented to the court,
students will be exposed to both sides of the flag-burning issue.
By considering both sides of this and other controversial issues,
students will be better able to make decisions when they become
you have any questions about this activity, please call me or send
a note to school with your child. We will hold the mock Supreme
Court hearing on ______________. If you would like to visit class
on the day of the mock hearing, let me know. I can be reached at
________________ (phone number) or _____________________ (e-mail).