Civics Education Essay Contest

Every year, in honor of Law Day, NCSC hosts a Civics Education Essay Contest. The goal of the contest is to get students engaged and ponder the importance of civics at home and in the classroom. The contest question is based on the American Bar Association's annual theme. In 2021, the theme was "Advancing the Rule of Law Now."

2021

Question: What does the rule of law mean to you?

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2020

Questions:
Elementary/Middle school: Why is it so important that all citizens have the right to vote?

High school: Is voting a right, privilege or responsibility? Why?

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2019

Questions: Should there be limits to free speech? Why or why not?

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2018

Question: Why did the Founding Fathers create the three branches of government?”

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2017

Question: What does it mean to be a U.S. citizen?

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2016

Question: In your own words, what are the Miranda Rights and why are they important?

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2015

Questions:
Elementary school: What should you do if you or a classmate are being bullied?

Middle school: 
Why is bullying an issue that needs to be addressed? What can you, your school, your parents and your classmates do to stop it?

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2014

What is civics education and why is it important?

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