Critical Supreme Court Cases

We are a nation of law but the law is what the Supreme Court says it is.  Therefore a careful look at our Supreme Court and its decisions is an essential skill when trying to understand American government and politics.  This can often feel overwhelming.  By looking at these critical Supreme Court cases you will have a good start.


The Essentials

Socrates wrote, "Just as others are pleased by a good horse or dog or bird, I myself am pleased to an even higher degree by good friends...And the treasures of the wise men of old which they left behind by writing them in books, I unfold and go through them together with my friends, and if we see something good, we pick it out and regard it as a great gain if we thus become useful to one another." Read these essential SUPREME COURT CASES and become a useful citizen. For each you will find a corresponding activities below.                                                                                                                                             


On Demand

These visuals will make the complex simple and the confusing clear.  To be literate is more then the ability to read.  It is to be learned.  Watch and learn.

Critical Words

"With Words We Govern"

buzzword  n. jargon; or, a vague vogue word intended to trigger a stereotyped response.  In a 1974 book, Buzzwords, Robert Kirk Mueller defined the word on the cover as "words, phrases or zingo-lingo used by an in-group, a cult, or the cognoscenti for rapid communication within the group...It refers also to the verbal, intellectual one-upmanship of the cant, slang, jargon, argot and pseudo-tribal language, used by relatively small groups for their own benefit and to help isolate the group from the hoi polloi...a sort of pro’s prose." William Safire


Tool Box

Malcolm Gladwell has written, "Success is a function of persistence and doggedness and the willingness to work hard for twenty-two minutes to make sense of something that most people would give up on after thirty seconds."  Practice here and now.