Tuesday, February 01, 2005


The Knight Foundation recently released the results of a study on high school students' knowledge of the first amendment. Here are some of the results:

Seventy-five percent think flag burning is illegal.

Half believe the government can censor the Internet.

More than a third think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.

I'm pretty surprised at these results, but I probably shouldn't be.

No wonder kids are confused, after being exposed to our school system's version of "tolerance" for most of their years.

They need to be taught the importance of the first amendment along with our civic duty of using our free speech rights responsibly.

I would never burn an American flag, but I am thankful for the freedom to do so.

Kids need to learn that true tolerance is not the silencing of differing and offensive opinions, but respect of others' rights to those opinions, which ultimately springs from a simple respect for the other people themselves.