Students Ignorant of First Amendment

American high school students are ignorant of the First Amendment, feeling free speech is no big deal, according to a new survey from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:

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.

Obviously, this is quite a disturbing trend in our youth, and one that must be reversed if we are to preserve our liberties. Our schools must do a better job educating children on the need for freedom of speech (in addition to other liberties).

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