ERIC Number: EJ712677
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr-1
Reference Count: N/A
Does the First Amendment Have a Future?
Social Education, v69 n3 p126 Apr 2005
Since its founding more than 200 years ago, America has stood for the promise, if not always the practice, of freedom. On its best days, America is a nation committed to the revolutionary proposition that more freedom, not less, is the key to a vibrant, equitable, and secure democracy. However, the results of a recent national study, "The Future of the First Amendment," suggest that America's schools are leaving the First Amendment behind. Researchers from the University of Connecticut, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, interviewed more than 100,000 students, 8,000 teachers and 500 administrators at 544 U.S. high schools over the course of two years. Their purpose? "To determine whether relationships exist--and, if so, the nature of those relationships--between what teachers and administrators think, and what students... know about the First Amendment." Overall, the news is discouraging. In fact, write the study's investigators, "it appears that our nation's high schools are failing their students when it comes to instilling in them an appreciation for the First Amendment."
Descriptors: Freedom, Democracy, Constitutional Law, Censorship, High School Students, Citizenship Education, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment