Tuesday, February 01, 2005
The Kids Aren't Alright
Hmm. If the beloved First is getting assailed like this by the Lil' Fascists currently roaming the halls of the nation's schools, then I'm assuming we shouldn't be holding much hope that they support the rest of the Bill Of Rights. And I'm sure that those teachers and principals sympathic to the First Amendment are probably somewhat more fractured in their willingness to openingly intepret the other amendments as well.
The way many high school students see it, government censorship of
newspapers may not be a bad thing, and flag burning is hardly protected free
It turns out the First Amendment is a second-rate issue to many of
those nearing their own adult independence, according to a study of high school
attitudes released Monday.
The original amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of the
way of life in the United States, promising citizens the freedoms of religion,
speech, press and assembly.
Yet, when told of the exact text of the First Amendment, more than one
in three high school students said it goes “too far” in the rights it
guarantees. Only half of the students said newspapers should be allowed to
publish freely without government approval of stories.
When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97 percent of teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes. Only 83 percent of students did.
This country is so screwed.