February 01, 2005
I am not one bit surprised by this news, but it troubles me just the same. We are raising a generation of sheeple and public schools bear much of the blame.
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.
Why do you suppose students might think that way? They aren't taught about the Constitution and they live in a "Zero-Tolerance" world, where a Confederate flag tee-shirt can have you sent home from school for hate speech. The school of grievance is taught in the name of "diversity" and Huckleberry Finn is a racist book.
Offending anyone's delicate sensibilities can land your ass in a big pot of hot water. The students see this fact and realize that it's better to ignore the First Amendment just to be on the safe side. Free Speech and Zero Tolerance cannot exist in the same environment. It's better to aviod free speech than risk a zero-tolerance attack.
``Schools don't do enough to teach the First Amendment. Students often don't know the rights it protects,'' Linda Puntney, executive director of the Journalism Education Association, said in the report. ``This all comes at a time when there is decreasing passion for much of anything. And, you have to be passionate about the First Amendment.''
Schools don't do enough to teach the Constitution, period. We should be passionate about THE ENTIRE BILL OF RIGHTS, yet we have "gun-free zones" around schools in spite of the Second Amendment. No wonder the students don't feel passionate about their rights. They're watching them disappear every day and seeing people who stand up for them get steamrolled by authority.
Teach your children well. This is what you get when you don't.
All content © Rob Smith