Via Eschaton, a “survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut,” finds that high school students not only are not familiar with the protections the First Amendment provides, but when told of the full text they didn’t like it so much.

From the MSNBC article:

The original amendment to the Constitution is the cornerstone of the way of life in the United States, promising citizens the freedoms of religion, speech, press and assembly.

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.

“These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous,” said Hodding Carter III, president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which sponsored the $1 million study. “Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation’s future.”

The students are even more restrictive in their views than their elders, the study says.

When asked whether people should be allowed to express unpopular views, 97 percent of teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes. Only 83 percent of students did.

Where are the right’s shouts of fascist academia? Ah yes, in the grand scheme of things, those conservobots really do want a police state where they can monitor your obscene material consumption and “shoot to kill” when someone burns a flag in protest. I’m sure we won’t see any peep out of our handy defenders of FREEDOM and ~LIBERTY, i.e., Mr. Hannity and Mr. O’Reilly.

Maybe those kids deserve the trillions of national debt and putrified environment that the current lot would like to leave them with. Then, with rose-colored goggles on, they can decry the ways the libruls of the late 90’s helped to poison the sky and spend, Spend, SPEND that surplus. If the press hasn’t changed by then, I’m sure no one will pipe up with the truth. George Orwell, how did you know?

–whazz on

25 thoughts on “Finished

  1. these morons will run the world in 15 years…. we all know that.

    it’s time to retire now.

    do you really think the quake 3 champ turn president will have a problem pressing the “Big Red Button?”!

    i’m retired… we only got 15 years kids.

  2. Somehow I just now arrived home. I don’t know where I went after the event or how I got there but I am home now

  3. Really I would not get too worked up. If you applied my HS worldview to the world, shit would be messed up. Know why? Cuz I was a kid, and I didnt know shit. Those little fuckers will grow up, go to college, and soon they will be chatting about the end of the world in dipshit chat rooms and doing studies much like the one above. Rinse, wash, repeat.

  4. hey cal!

    That was fun playing poker last night. Too bad I bitched out in 9th. For fun I just played a 5$ single (10ppl) and on my way to 1st, I knoced out 8 of the 9 playing crazy man-style. And of course, they all thought I was the luckiest sucka on the planet. Remember when dude called tatto a “jew fuck?” That was sweet. Hugs and kisses.

    -wirksu the wise.

  5. wiskers on kitens, rainbows on roses, racial slurs, these are a few of my faovirte things. rainbows on roses? doorbells that play on my nose and eyeroses? whazz machine packages tied up with string, favorite things! whazzmaster scientist tied up with bling! ha!

  6. watching a cartoon representation of mike wirkus playing poker should be added my the list of favorite things. i’ll add it later. poker players sure type hateful things sometimes. they should try to remember that hesitation is often best practice when angry. what can i say? my former life i had a sister, i abused her and i dissed her she got swept up in a twister, first i laughed and then i missed her…

  7. hey monpenny will you let me do a movie review? i want to review million dollar baby. i saw it and i want to do a whazzmaster review of it. can i?

  8. forget it if that tom sellak guy is going to be like that then i just don’t know what. plus i’m bored of thinking of all the funny things i would write if i wrote a movie review of million dollar baby so here is a condensed version: i went and saw the movie million dollar baby and i can tell you that it was million dollarly stupid.

    by cal

  9. I agree with Wirkus. For hundreds of generations, the adults have said these kids are the ones that are going to fuck everything up. Your grandparents said it about your parents, and your parents said it about you, but everything worked out fine. The cream will rise to the top.

  10. OK, on advice from wirksu and a cool-as-a-cucumber peterstiffly, I will retract my outrage over high schoolers’ complete retardedness. Thank you both.

  11. I should be a professional debater. My whole strategy would be, “Hey people, let’s just chill the fuck out and everything’s going to be fine. Status quo bitches!”

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