the first amendment

And while I’m here:

“… only one out of 50 college students could name the first right mentioned in the First Amendment.” (The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, via Mark Bauerlein, via reason.com)

That means only one out of 50 college students has it memorized. Here, without looking, I’ll enumerate the rights: Freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, freedom of speech. Check it out, four for five (I forgot freedom to petition the government with our grievances, which I would count as a special case of potentially any of the other four). Just because I didn’t know which one was first doesn’t mean I didn’t know the content of the amendment. I’m not proud of my ignorance, but this would seem to rank on a level with “propensity to split infinitives” on the list of defects we desperately need to expunge from our college graduates.

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