Wednesday, June 23, 2010
About 30 teachers from around the country have finished a program in which they got a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. Supreme Court.
During the professional development course in Washington, teachers met Chief Justice John Roberts and Cecilia Marshall, the widow of the late Justice Thurgood Marshall.
Lee Arbetman is the director of the nonprofit organization that organizes the program. He says many social studies curriculums in public schools fail to cover the judicial branch of the federal government in a meaningful way. He says the institute tries to demystify the court for teachers.
Nearly half of the teachers had never visited the Supreme Court before they took the course.