Freedom In Constitution


     Have you ever wondered what life at school would be like without"freedom?" In myopinion I think it would be horrid. Think about it. If we
had no freedom we wouldnít be able to do the things we love most, or choose
what friends we hang out with. The freedoms we have now we all take for granted.

For example, do you even know what your freedoms are? If you donít, then you
ought to hear me out so you know in the future what they mean. First of all
there are two very specific freedoms that all students and teachers should know
and understand. These two freedoms are the very basis for our society. 1)FREEDOM

OF SPEECH Freedom of speech is one of the most important freedoms we have
because if we didnít have this one we wouldnít be able to speak our minds
through speeches in public. This freedom allows us to speak in more ways than
one. It allows us to express ourselves through reading, writing, and speaking.

Although freedom of speech has its greatness in many ways, it also has a
downfall, in which it is abused. For example: Media today can twist this freedom
to invade your privacy, which is not a good thing if youíre Arnold

Shwartzenegger getting out of the shower, and someone takes a picture of you
naked and prints it in the local paper. But most of the time this sinerio
doesnít occur because theyíve come up with laws like the "Privacy Act,"
and so on so this sort of mayhem doesnít happen, but even though laws are made
people still break them. 2)FREEDOM OF RELIGION This freedom goes along with
freedom of speech yet stands alone in its own category. There are many ways to
look at this freedom. It has as many goods as it does bads. You just have to
learn how to apply it to you. First Iíll list the goods. The gains of this
freedom allow you not only to speak your own opinions, but allows you to take it
a step further. Example: Lets say you are a Christian, but go to a school where

Christianity is looked down upon. Now lets say you have some friends that also
attend this school and want to have a lunchtime bible study, but are afraid that
the school may suspend you or even worse. Well, it says in the constitution, the
rules and regulations our country is based upon, that students may have a bible
study in and on school premises as long as it is student led. Teachers may even
attend, but cannot participate in the function. This is where a lot can go wrong
and things get turned upside down. This is also where some of the bads come into
play. This freedom is more a rightstricken than abused law. In other words
itís more denied than abused. An example of this was written by Rebecca Jones
from the American Schoolboard Journal. She wrote, "Lillian Gobits Vs

Minersville District, in 1940 led some West Virginians to punish Jehovahís

Witnesses who refuse to have their children recite the Pledge of Allegiance in
school. The Witnesses, she wrote, "Were actually herded together and fed
castor oil, stripped of their clothes, and forced to walk through town."
(Jones 2) Well, about three years later the supreme court reversed itself and
ruled that schools could not require the pledge. Itís this kind of abuse that
turns people away from religion in my opinion. Nothing is more challenging than
confronting a well-established myth. A myth, repeated often enough that it takes
a hold on peoples imaginations and is all but impossible to get rid of. One such
myth is that when it comes to religion in public schools, people For and Against
school prayer are engaged in the legal equivalent of Hand-to-hand combat, one
side fighting to put God in schools, and the other desperately trying to keep
him out. Unfortunately, parents, schools officials, and politicians alike
sometimes act as if the myth were fact. Some people ag-on this myth with
well-intentioned, but simply wrong statements about what the constitution does
and does not permit. House speaker Newt Gingrich, for example, announced a while
back that under current law students could not pray in the schools cafeteria.

Also, teachers believing this outlandish myth have sometimes refused to accept
homework with religious content. Some schools mistakenly support some segments
of the religious community when they permit (unconstitutional) state-sponsored
prayer, such as allowing coaches to pray with their teams, as long as they
excuse students who do not want to pray. Or, another example is where a school
excludes all religious activity period. As much in this media age, perception
overcasts reality. Matters on which there is no dissagreement in the courts and,
equally important in the thinking of church and civil groups, have too often
escalated into open conflict because parents, the public, and school officials
simply donít know what the law provides. Schools have been distracted from
their educational mission and forced to endure unnecessary debates over
religious issues. Our society as a whole is depicted as being boiled in an
endless culture war over public education. As our courts have reaffirmed,
nothing in the 1st amendment converts our public schools into religious-free
zones, or require that all religious expression to be left behind at the
schools' house door. "Religious freedom is perhaps the most precious of all

American liberties--called by many our First freedom." (clinton 20-22) "The

Constitution protects expression by students of their religious beliefs through
reports, homework, and art work." (Stern 6-8) If you really think about it, we
really have it easy, because all we actually do is take them for granted until
someone tries to either take them away or abuses them, then we get mad about it.

A long time ago teachers and students were limited by a strict theme of rules
and guidelines, but today we have a new challenge. One to carry on generation
after generation. Our freedom to speak out against wrong doing and our freedom
to live a normal happy life. In my opinion "If you donít have freedom what
do you have."