With free expression under increasing attack, students and their parents must understand and appreciate the rights protected by our Constitution.
In this age of political correctness, the rights of free expression and free exercise of religion protected in the First Amendment are coming under increasing attack. Nowhere is this attack more vicious than on school campuses across the nation, where students from elementary school through college are being told not to practice their faith or speak their mind because doing so might offend someone.
If America is to be the land of the free and prosperous, it is important that future generations learn, understand and appreciate the freedoms they have, as there are many who are working to undermine those freedoms and our way of life.
For example, students have the right to form and meet in groups or clubs; express their beliefs and opinions in homework, artwork, and written and oral assignments; wear t-shirts, pray and discuss religion with other students, and bring Bibles to school; and pray alone or with others in school. Unfortunately, too many school administrators and teachers don’t understand or respect these rights, and will attempt to prevent students from exercising them.
At the same time, the principles of freedom and liberty that used to inform education in the U.S. are increasingly being left behind. The education your child receives should be the foundation for a productive, fulfilling life, but too often it seems like kids are hearing less about their own rights and practical civics.
That’s why it’s important for students and their parents to know their rights and how to stand up for them—both in the face of direct attacks on their rights and in broad terms as they engage in the civic process through volunteering, voting and grassroots action.
Understanding the Constitution is a must for every individual. To learn more, you can visit our website to find a Know Your Rights class near you. Here, you’ll learn the basics of the Constitution, better understand your rights as an American in and outside the classroom, and learn tips and tricks to pass that knowledge on to others.