Why school kids should be able to use the term “liberty” in class and discuss political topics without fear of censure is a good question to ask.
I’ll leave that to you.
But it’s not the only one.
A study from the University of California at Berkeley, released Tuesday, says that “a growing number of parents and educators” believe that the term should be removed from the classroom, which could affect “student and parent conversations about political issues, and even influence students’ choices about which political candidates to support.”
In other words, the study shows that there’s a “growing public consensus” that “liberties” should be outlawed from the classrooms, as the Associated Press reported.
What does the study show?
The AP notes that the authors found that the number of children who use the word “liberals” in school, in class, and in the classroom are at a “record high.”
Of course, “libertarians” aren’t exactly a new term.
“The term was popularized by a conservative magazine called The Libertarian Republic, which launched in 1964,” the AP reports.
“In 1968, The Libertarian Party endorsed the use of the term in its annual newsletter.”
The AP adds that the research “demonstrates that many parents and school administrators believe that students should learn to understand the meaning and meaning of the political term ‘liberties,'” and that the word is “a popular choice among many students.”
According to the AP, the results of the study are based on an anonymous sample of parents of students in grades 4-12 who were asked about their use of “libertarianism.”
The survey was conducted by the Pew Research Center in 2016.
A number of “Liberty” schools in the U.S. are currently being challenged by conservative parents and teachers who are claiming the term is “obscene” and “politically motivated.”
In December, for example, a Texas district ruled that it violated the First Amendment by “denying children access to a private school that teaches the ‘Liberty’ political philosophy.”
And in August, the Virginia Supreme Court struck down a state law that prohibited the use in the public schools of a term that “contains the word ‘liberty.'”
In a recent article, Salon’s Alex Pareene noted that the “Libertarian” is a political movement that has been gaining traction among younger voters.
And, according to Parene, it’s “a political ideology that has gained popularity among college students as well as in the military and the LGBT community.”