Dear colleagues, News item below is taken from the recent newsletter of the Constitutional Rights Foundation (CRF). Best wishes, Felisa ----- WASHINGTON, DC--A new study suggests America's high schools are failing to give their students an appreciation of the First Amendment's guarantees of free speech and a free press. Before making their report, researchers questioned more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers, and more than 500 administrators and principals. The two-year, $1 million research project, titled "The Future of the First Amendment," was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Among its findings: * Nearly three-fourths of high school students either do not know how they feel about the First Amendment or admit they take it for granted. * Seventy-five percent erroneously 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. * Most principals think their schools are doing a good job of teaching the First Amendment. "These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous," said Knight Foundation President and CEO Hodding Carter III. "Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation's future." The report can be downloaded at: http://firstamendment.jideas.org/downloads.php Source: CRF e-News Volume 4, Number 1, MarchApril, 2005 http://www.crf-usa.org/e-News/e-News_4_1_text ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======== Send mail intended for the list to <email@example.com>. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/markup/maillist.php If you have problems (un)subscribing, contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>. **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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