Monday, January 31, 2005

What's Next? Full Censorship?

In the wake of the Armstrong Williams case comes a study by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. It is of High School kids and it finds that fully a third of them think the press should be more restricted. Specifically:
The survey of 112,003 students finds that 36% believe newspapers should get "government approval" of stories before publishing; 51% say they should be able to publish freely; 13% have no opinion.

Asked whether the press enjoys "too much freedom," not enough or about the right amount, 32% say "too much," and 37% say it has the right amount. Ten percent say it has too little.

Woe to all of us who cherish our freedoms if these kids grow up to vote.

There's a lot to say here, about the effect of Bush press policies, the stifling of dissent throughout the Bush Administration, but also about the curriculum of schools, and how NCLB, no matter how many Armstrong Williamses support it, does not promote the critical thinking skills necessary to a healthy Republic.