Wills considers what he calls the “myth” of the checks and balances built into the Constitution, suggesting that James Madison was not so much wanting to encourage “competing interests," but to arrive at a "disinterested" view of a common purpose, what Enlightenment philosophers call "virtue" – or public spiritedness. Wills argues that such virtue was - and still is - the key component of all government.
Finally, at the the bottom of Wills’ prologue, there is a timeline marking several Constitutional milestones, beginning with its origins in Ancient Greece and ending with today.
Taken as a whole, the special section this Sunday eliminates the need for civics textbooks, which I have often suggested are dated. We both know that students are more motivated when they respond to the issues being discussed today.
This four page spread of newsprint is an entire civics course...you just have to get a copy! (or you can borrow mine).