Monday, January 31, 2005

Freedom of what?: "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.

"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."

"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."

"'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.'"

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