Wednesday, October 20, 2004

True Tales From The Classroom: What Is Freedom? Part II

Several weeks ago, (the first week of school) I asked my seventh grade history students to respond to the following question written on the chalkboard:

What is Freedom?

Yesterday, (see post) I selected 10 answers from students that definitely needed to be re-taught some of the basic tenants of American patriotism.

Today, I present what I think are the 10 best responses: (verbatim)

  1. Freedom is not to be anybody's slave, and to do what you want.
  2. Freedom is when you have your own rights and can do almost anything you want.
  3. I think freedom is that you could do whichever you want. But not do things against the law.
  4. Freedom is when everyone has their own rights.
  5. Freedom is where you can go where you want and do what you want as long as it is right.
  6. When you have the right to vote and do what you want.
  7. Freedom can be earned and it can be taken away.
  8. The privilege of making our own decisions.
  9. It is the right to do what you want or be what you want without someone telling you.
  10. When you could do what you want as long as it is legal.

Out of the mouths of babes........