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Wishful Thinking?

Cory Doctorow points out that the Government Printing Office sells a set of flash cards to help immigrants prepare for the tests to obtain citizenship.

The card dealing with the First Amendment lists the freedoms of speech, religion, assembly, and petition of the government. Conveniently missing is freedom of the press.

Of course, the person who wrote the card might be excused for missing that one since it really hasn’t gotten much exercise in the past five years.

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2 Comments

  1. AnneTaylor

    There is no free press in America? Say what?

    Why this gratuitous political smirking, particularly when it’s based on some sophomore conspiracy? Do you call yourself an educator?

    Cory Doctorow’s little left-wing hang out is OK for the stoners, but I thought you aspired to a semi-serious blog. Why insult people with childish conspiracy theories and this level of condescension? Obviously you have the right to smirk all you want on your own blog, but that’s the attitude I’d expect from the people you’re supposed to be teaching, not from the teachers.

    I won’t be back – you’ll be glad to hear.

  2. Tim

    Wow!

    Since she isn’t coming back, I’m not sure why I’m responding. But for anyone else who stumbles by, I hope you actually read the post.

    I did not say there is no free press. The comment was that the press we have isn’t making much use of their freedoms (to question and challenge those in power).

    I have no idea about fostering a conspiracy and, if you read Cory’s post, he’s not fostering one either in the case of this minor little story that simply struck a humorous notion.

    Finally, I do call myself an educator and I like to believe this blog is one part of both my teaching and learning. If you do happen to stumble across this little corner of the web again, please leave the address of your blog so I can read more of your thoughts.

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