Students don't understand First Amendment; 1 in 3 say it 'goes too far'
By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON -- 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 today.
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.
So we get pissy when our schools suck because we refuse to pay taxes... And underpaid teachers have to hurry through history and civics classes because they're teaching to a No Child Left Behind test... And we're surprised that we're raising a passel of suggestible little creampuffs?
Every country gets the fascist dictatorship it deserves, I guess...