The past several months have been filled with family events, travel, presenting a paper at a conference, and a lot of reading. The Affordable Care Act and the Supreme Court decision upholding it got a lot of my attention.
Back in the early 1960s, I was a student teacher in a combined English/Social Studies 9th grade class, and I was asked to teach a unit on the Constitution. I thought nothing could be duller. But I was saved by the discovery of a small book that summarized leading U.S. Supreme Court cases. Copying some cases, and withholding the Court’s decisions, I gave them to the students and told them they were the justices—it was their job to decide the cases. It was the spring of 1962. We had a great time together discovering the logic and drama of the law.