"How many of your have read the Federalist Papers?" the justice asked a group of students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Va. When several hands shot up, he said, "All of them?" Far fewer hands appeared.I think this is a standard question for Scalia, for he asked the same question of my Constitutional Law class when I was in law school. I suspect that not much has changed.
"You should have a hardback, dogeared copy on your desk" of the set of articles that urged adoption of the Constitution, Scalia told the students, who attend one of the most highly regarded public high schools in the nation. "We identify ourselves as a people by fidelity to certain principles of government."
By the way, my dog-eared copy of the Federalist Papers is paper back. Easier to carry around.