Skip to comments.Freedom of what?
Posted on 01/31/2005 2:00:17 PM PST by NCjim
First Amendment no big deal, students say
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 speech.
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.
"These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous," said Hodding Carter III, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which sponsored the $1 million study. "Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation's future."
The students are even more restrictive in their views than their elders, the study says.
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.
The results reflected indifference, with almost three in four students saying they took the First Amendment for granted or didn't know how they felt about it. It was also clear that many students do not understand what is protected by the bedrock of the Bill of Rights.
Three in four students said flag burning is illegal. It's not. About half the students said the government can restrict any indecent material on the Internet. It can't.
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Try banning gansta rap. That'll get 'em riled up.
"Danger Will Robinson!"
THIS IS SICKENING
As a high-school student i will tell you where this problem comes from...todays high schools are teaching kids to over analyze so when they read an article in class they read soooo far into it to try and pick out one minute semi-offensive line and determine, with the help of a usually liberal teacher, that the government should "censor" it
I am completley disturbed with the direction of today's schools it is something that needs to be fixed asap
actual learning has become secondary to being able to "analyze" and "process"...
Thanks, it's hard to search when each subscriber to AP chooses their own title and there's no overlap in words used... :-(
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.Just so everyone knows exactly what we're talking about . . .
Don't take this poll too seriously. Hodding Carter III, the president and CEO of the Knight Foundation that commissioned the poll, is the same Hodding Carter who was a media flak for Jimmy Carter during the Carter administration, delegate to at least 3 national Dem Conventions, etc. etc.
This really isn't surprising; some conservatives and most liberals don't believe in the First Amendment.
But then, I don't believe that the First Amendment applies to broadcasting. Not because wireless transmission/reception wasn't invented when the First Amendment was adopted, but because censorship (of the unlicensed) is the sine qua non of broadcasting.
De facto, an FCC license is an unconstitutional "title of nobility."