Religion or Speech? Students, Teachers Differ on Most Important First Amendment Freedom

High school students and their teachers differ on which of the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment are the most important, but speech and religion are by far the top finishers, according to a new survey.

Students, by 65 percent, say speech is the most important freedom guaranteed, while 25 percent of students say religion is the most important right. A plurality of 42 percent of teachers believe freedom of religion is most important, while 40 percent of teachers say speech is the most important right guaranteed under the First Amendment.

The findings, released on Constitution Day, were part of the annual "Students on the Future of the First Amendment" survey conducted by the Knight Foundation. Continue>>>