The Future of the First Amendment Study

What America's High School Students
Think About Their Freedoms

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s High School Initiative seeks to encourage students to use the news media, including student journalism, and to better understand and appreciate the First Amendment. 

As part of the initiative, the foundation funded this “Future of the First Amendment’’ research project, focusing on the knowledge and attitudes of high school students, teachers and administrators. Specifically, the study seeks to determine whether relationships exist – and, if so, the nature of those relationships – between what teachers and administrators think, and what students do in their classrooms and with news media, and what they know about the First Amendment.

Ultimately, the project surveyed more than 100,000 high school students, nearly 8,000 teachers and more than 500 administrators and principals at 544 high schools across the United States.

Click here to access the Key Findings of the study.
Click here to access the news release on the study.


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  J-IDEAS is funded in part by the John S. and James 
L. Knight Foundation's
High School Initiative
and Ball State University.
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