One in 25!

We read about the results of so many surveys without knowing what good comes of the knowledge. So it was particularly comforting to read about a campaign to each young people about the First Amendment. A survey had shown that only one in 25 can name all five freedoms listed in the First Amendment—religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. It’s a troublesome finding and it’s therefore reassuring that several organizations such as American Society of News Editors, and the Gannet Foundation are sponsoring the effort. In fact the American Society of News Editors had conducted its own research showing that education and advertising were key to increase awareness. Hopefully young or old we shall be exposed to their work, and when we encounter it feel glad that perhaps 1 in 25 of us knowing all 5 First Amendment freedoms will hopefully soon be history.