Associated Press is reporting that American Students think the "First Amendment is no big deal."
Reportedly, "It was also clear that many students do not understand what is protected by the bedrock of the Bill of Rights."
Anyone who has spent any time talking with people about First Amendment issues knows that students are not the only ones who are uninformed and apathetic about the First Amendment. Many evangelical Christians are downright hostile toward it.
Some of the blame for this belongs to Baptists for not teaching their children about the Baptist history of advocacy for religious liberty and separation of church and state. Baptists, however, are not alone. Public school educational policies that over-emphasized proficiency in mathematics and science to the detriment of civics and history have not helped.
Theocrats filled a void with their mythology about America being a "Christian Nation" and now, for the foreseeable future, they will be running the committees that set standards for education and textbooks. No one else cares.
Education and democracy are linked. When one fails, the other is endangered.