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The Power of Ideas on Liberty


I wanted to share with you an assignment my 11-year-old son just completed for his fifth-grade class in school.  He had to find an example of persuasive writing and comment on the topic.  It just so happened when he told me this assignment I was reading your article regarding the First Amendment and the fact most people believe it "grants" us freedom of speech.  I jokingly suggested this, but then tried to convince him to use Times for Kids as suggested in the assignment, but Luke insisted he wanted to use your article.  He seems to have fun mocking the government (I may have contributed to that thinking, but I admit sometimes he comes up with good ones on his own).  So he read the article and we discussed it to make sure he understood the terminology and meaning.  Also wanted the assignment to reflect his thought process, not mine.

I wanted to refine the technical writing a bit, but pulled back as this is his assignment and his take from the article; i.e., I thought he should take the "Coincidence?  I think not" out, but he insisted we keep it as he liked ending it that way.  And we also learned who Johann Goethe is.    His teacher is going to love me (luckily private school).  Of course, as a side note, my daughter, in 7th grade, had to interview a parent regarding the income tax.  For some reason, she chose me.  Her teacher cracked up when she started off with, "Taxation is theft" and then a small history of the how taxes came to be, hidden taxes, and a small mention of the Federal Reserve.