U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer spoke May 3, 2011 about the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution National Finals on the floor of the House of Representatives. Here is what he had to say:
—U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer
We the People taught me the history of our country and our Constitution. It taught me how our government works—and how it might work better. We the People taught me constitutional law and political philosophy. Even more importantly, it taught me how to learn. How to think. How to work on a team. How to be a friend. How to speak in public. How to listen. How to write. How to take constructive criticism. How to give it. How to believe in myself. How to rely on others. How to compete with dignity. How to…you name it.
We the People taught me more than any other class I've taken—in high school, college, and law school. We the People taught me that our government serves—and responds to—the People. We the People taught me that writing Congress isn't a futile gesture. We the People taught me that citizens—of all ages, from anywhere—can shape national policy. We the People taught me to believe in this country."
“This will be my thirtieth year teaching high school American government. For the last six years my students have participated in the We The People program sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. Nothing I have ever done, no curriculum I have used, and no program of motivation that I have tried has been as effective in as many aspects of civic education as the We The People program.”
"It's not just about 'knowledge,' it's about providing students with the skills and the attitude that THEY are the 'people' in 'WE THE PEOPLE!' "