Researchers from the University of Connecticut questioned more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers, and more than 500 administrators and principals and found waning support among American high schoolers for First Amendment guarantees of free speech.
The two-year, $1 million research project, titled "The Future of the First Amendment," was commissioned by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
Among its other cheerful findings, the study found that more than a third of the teenagers think the First Amendment goes too far in the rights it guarantees.
"These results are not only disturbing; they are dangerous," said Knight Foundation President and CEO Hodding Carter III. "Ignorance about the basics of this free society is a danger to our nation's future."