Constitution 101 class updates adult students on constitution, government


By Anna Skinner

Although Fishers Junior High School students might understand the U.S. Constitution through the We the People class, but the City of Fishers discovered that its adult residents may not be as familiar with the way government works.

City council member Cecilia Coble and Robert Leming, instructor of Constitution 101 and the national director of the We the People program, paired together last year for the first Constitution 101 class. This year’s class graduated March 29.

“They’ve got adults in the Fishers community who have decided to give up six weeks and two hours a night to learn about the Constitution and government,” Leming said. “Last year, I started it for adults, and last year it was full. This year, I cut it back to 40 students to provide for a better classroom environment. We are getting adults to learn about the Constitution. We have great topics, and I look at it as not just a conservative or a liberal point of view, but it is a mix.”

Another class is expected to be offered next year.

“My husband took the class last year and I feel that it helps us understand more of the political system right now, and it really opens up your mind a little bit,” student Marsha Davis said.

“It gives you a picture of what the Constitution was designed to be and what it is,” student Maggie Haley said.

The class uses the We the People textbook through the accelerated course, and students from FJHS attend Constitution 101 and interact with the adult students.

“(The class) gives you a picture of what the Constitution was designed to be and what it is,” student Sherrie Schueth said.

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