Sad State of Affairs

by Sal on March 1, 2006

in Culture,Politics,Pop Culture

It’s a sad state of affairs when more people know the characters of The Simpsons than know the First Amendment. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love the Simpsons. The show has very intelligent satire mixed in with ridiculous slapstick, and is hilarious. The fact that only 25% of the American people can identify even two of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment, while over 50% can name at least two Simpsons characters is disturbing. Also, 22% of people can name all five Simpson’s main characters, but only .1% can name all five freedoms enumerated in the First Amendment.

For the record, the five rights enumerated in the First Amendment are:
Freedom of Speech
Freedom of Religion
Right to Assembly
Freedom of Press
Right to Petition the Government

And also for the Record, I do know the names of the five Simpsons characters:


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Ryan March 1, 2006 at 5:15 pm

I just taught the Bill of Rights in the first semester this year and the problem is big! It starts even before high school and one has to drill home the notion that speech IS a 1st Amerndment freedom, but so are the others–especially religion, a founding principle so often debated today. I reinforced this in a Midterm question on the BORights, and those students who chose the 1st Amendment did pretty well. They did, however, have a problem with redressing the government for grievances–especially when that government was my red pen. HA!


J November 17, 2006 at 9:39 pm

We’re a nation of ignoramuses and it’s getting worse.


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