Who could pass up this recent survey finding: Americans know more about “The Simpsons” than they do about the First Amendment. Newspapers in this country — and around the globe — had a field day.
In fact, the findings, based on a survey conducted by the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum in Chicago, aren’t new — or news. Other studies have come to identical conclusions. Too few Americans — particularly young people –understand our Constitution and the civil rights and liberties that we as lawyers take for granted. Several years back, a National Constitution Center survey put it similarly: More youths could name the Three Stooges than the three branches of government.
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