Take a little time to learn the Constitution

Wednesday is listed as a national holiday, but not the kind of day that people get off work or school. It is, however, a critical day in U.S. history -- the day in 1787 that 39 men signed the Constitution of our country.

The Constitution is often mentioned on these pages. It is quoted and misquoted, cited and misrepresented.

We would hope that people would consider spending at least an hour or two this week giving some thought to the document that guides our country and how it chooses its leaders.

In fact, it could be refreshing to take a break from the partisanship of politics to consult some of the nonpartisan and nonprofit Web sites that provide videos, games and other ways to learn about the Constitution.

We offer a few possibilities:

A good starting point: http://constitutioncenter.org/constitutionday.

Useful links to the full transcript and other documents: http://usgovinfo.about.com/blconstday.htm

Who were those men? Check out the interactive painting at www.teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/christy. Mouse over a face to learn the name; click on it to get background information.

Just the basics, please: http://usgovinfo.about.com/od/rightsandfreedoms/u/gov101.htm.