Teenagers and the First Amendment

Teenagers and the First Amendment

A report published last week found that high school students are more supportive of the First Amendment now than they were 15 years ago.

The report, published by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, collected data from seven surveys that took place between 2004 and 2018. They had over 100,000 responses from high school students.

The most recent results showed that an average of 26% of students agreed with the statement that “the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.” While that might sound a bit alarming, it’s actually down from 2006 when 45% agreed with that statement.

The biggest thing that changed is the divide on topics between white students and those of color. In 2018, the report showed that “the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees” statement was much higher among black (40%), Hispanic (35%) and Asian (33%) students. It’s also worth noting that all of these figures are significantly higher than the 22% of white students who agreed.

It’s scary that students of any race would think that the “First Amendment goes too far.” It’s one of the most important parts of being an American and we shouldn’t take it for granted. We need to take more responsibility as a nation and try to teach our future generations the importance of free speech.

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