In my school, it was. Oddly enough, that was in California - before it became a Peoples' Republic - and we were required to pass a 100 question test on the US Constitution in the 8th grade, else we would not be allowed to advance to High School. It was extremely stressful, because back then they took test performance seriously, and meant it when they said we'd not advance. Now, of course, in the PRC reading the constitution in class is grounds for suspension or expulsion. From what I see these days, apparently reading, writing, and arithmetic are frowned upon, too. How sad to see a great State - possibly the finest in the Union - decline to such a low state in just 4 decades... I weep for my former home.