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Tuesday, March 14, 2006
 
State of Education?

Nathan Tabor reports on the news that more folks can name the Simpsons than can list the rights included in the first amendment to the constitution.

Here’s why this is so important: there are numerous instances today of individuals trying to take away our freedoms. For instance, our freedom of speech is threatened by those who say that the only allowable speech on our college campuses should be politically correct speech. Our freedom of religion is routinely targeted by groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, who want to ban God from our schools, courthouses, and civic buildings. Freedom of assembly is challenged by those who believe the only legitimate protests are the left-wing kind.

Of course, the news media routinely trumpet freedom of the press—but it is only one segment of the press many of them are interested in. For instance, conservative columnist Ann Coulter is vilified for expressing her anti-left, anti-establishment views. Fox News is accused of pandering to the right—even though its mission is to provide fair and balanced coverage.


Let me just add that it's not all that surprising to me that people lack a basic understanding of the Bill of Rights. Think of all the "important" stuff that schools have to teach these days, like how to put a condom on a banana. All that knowledge takes time that would otherwise be wasted on useless trivia about a document written by a bunch of dead white males. (Sarcasm, obviously).
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