Free speech under assault
As I have previously observed, America’s schools from junior high through college are doing a poor job of teaching history and civics.
The latest National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Nation’s Report Card test results show that most eighth grade students know little about civics and even less about history. Only 23 percent of students were deemed proficient in civics and an appalling 18 percent were judged proficient in history.
It is not enough to know there is the U.S. Constitution. An informed citizen must know what it is, how it was conceived, what it means, the significance of the Bill of Rights and so on.
In today’s America, freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment is under attack as never before in our history. And nowhere is this threat greater than in many of our institutions of higher learning.