HNBA Law Day
Recognizing that an informed citizenry is vital to a viable democracy, in May 2009 the HNBA will launch its first national HNBA Law Day program throughout its 19 Regions. This program will target elementary, middle school, and high school students and have as its educational center piece La Promesa en el Derecho.™ We believe the time for this initiative is now. Civics education has been on the decline since the 1960s. SeeCenter for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, The Civic Mission of Schools (New York: Carnegie Corporation, 2003). Without passing judgment on its merits, it is clear that No Child Left Behind has further aggravated this decline. As noted in a recent study, “The movement for high-stakes testing . . . has had a huge impact on education nationally: schools are under unprecedented pressure to raise student achievement, which is now measured by standardized examinations of reading and mathematics.” Id. As the Latino population increases, its civic engagement is ever more important to the future of our community and our Nation. HNBA Law Day is designed to provide the tools that enable and promote such engagement.