President Trump nominated Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the United States Supreme Court. This past week Judge Gorsuch testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senators questioned him about his qualifications, his views on Supreme Court decisions, hot-button legal issues, and laws on the books. Since 1981, the hearings have been televised. Every middle and high school social studies and civics class should tap into this freebie—these recorded hearings can serve as invaluable lessons about our judicial branch.
We should be encouraging our students to be active participants in our democracy. To do so, we must expose them to a great deal more about how our courts work, and these hearings are a great tool.