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   New Mexican (Newspaper) - February 1, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico                                Students unsure of First Amendment Nearly threequarters of high school students say they dont know how they feel about the First Amendment or take it for granted according to a recent survey The rights guaranteed by the First Amendment Do you personally think about them or take them for granted Personally think about them Blake for granted H Dont know STUDENTS TEACHERS PRINCIPALS Dp you agree with the following statements Students Teachers g Principals People should be allowed to express unpopular opinions Newspapers should be allowed to publish freely without government approval of Musicians should be allowed to sing songs with lyrics which others may find offensive Students should be allowed to report controversial issues in their student newspapers without the approval ofschool authorities NOTE Project surveyed more than high school students nearly teachers and more than 500 administrators and principals at 544 schools across the country SOURCE Knight Foundation Polling places Tuesday February 1 2005 THE NEW MEXJCAN A3 FREEDOM Continued from Page Al teachers and 99 percent of school principals said yes Only 83 percent of students did The results reflected indif ference with almost three in four students saying they took the First Amendment for granted or didnt know how they felt about it It was also clear that many students do not understand what is pro tected by the bedrock of the Bill of Rights Three in four students said flag burning is illegal Its not About half the students said the government can restrict any indecent material on the Internet It cant Schools dont do enough to teach the First Amendment Students often dont know the rights it Linda Puntney executive director of the Journalism Educa tion Association said in the report This all comes at a time when there is decreasing passion for much of anything And you have to be passionate about the First The partners in the project including organizations of newspaper editors and radio and television news directors share a clear advocacy for First Amendment issues Federal and state officials meanwhile have bemoaned a lack of knowledge of civ ics and history among young people Sen Robert Byrd has even pushed through a mandate that schools must teach about the Constitution on Sept the date it was signed in 1787 The survey conducted by researchers at the University of Connecticut is billed as the largest of its kind More than students nearly teachers and more than 500 administrators at 544 public and private high schools took modern autoworks 9894242 Jeep Specialists Dedicated to Quality Offe Students who take part in school media activities are much more likely to support expression of unpopular views part in early 2004 The study suggests that stu dents embrace First Amend ment freedoms if they are taught about them and given a chance to practice them but schools dont make the matter apriority Students who take part in school media activities such as student newspapers or TV productions are much more likely to support expression of unpopular views for example About nine in 10 principals said it is important for all students to learn some jour nalism skills but most admin istrators say a lack of money limits their media offerings More than one in five schools offer no student media opportunities of the high schools that do not offer student newspapers 40 per cent have eliminated them in the last five years The last 15 years have not been a golden era for student said Warren Watson director of the JIdeas project at Ball State University in Indiana Programs are under siege or dying from neglect Many stu dents do not get the opportunity to practice our basic On the Web Future of the First Amendment report BEXLEY SKETCH i PENCILS 1 NOW IN STOCK rM Sanbusco Center 9894742 J6 C 50 TEST DRIVE Test Drive a new Ford Five Hundred or Freestyle Get Bucks CAPITOL FORD Santa Fe Auto Park 473FORD I see dealer for details 473FQRD I80023WW8 District Pifion Elementary Precincts 29 78 Chaparral Elementary Precincts 50 51 76 77 Capshaw Middle School Precincts 37 Hondo Fire Station Precinct 68 Public Schools Administration Building Precincts 52 53 St Johns Methodist Church Pre cincts 44 and 45 District 2 Fort Marcy Complex Precincts 10 30 Acequia Madre Elementary Pre BOND cincts 47 Elks 460 Lodge Precincts El Dorado Elementary Precincts and por tion of 17 Districts Tesuque Elementary School Pre cinct 8 and a portion of 7 Gonzales Elementary School Pre cincts Sweeney Convention Center Pre Alameda Middle School Precincts Unity Church of Santa Fe Precincts portions of Guadalupe Parish Hall Precincts District 4 Agua Fria Elementary Precincts Sweeney Elementary Precincts 64 67 La Cienega Community Center Precincts 12 62 District 5 Turquoise Trail Elementary School Precincts 14 70 St Josephs Parish Hal Precinct 72 and a portion of 16 Salazar Elementary School Pre cincts 31 Kearny Elementary School Pre cincts 38 3949i5674 DeVargas Middle School Precincts Voting hours are from 7 to 7 ail registered voters in the district may cast ballots iii the bond only vdters in districts 3 and 5 rhay vote for schoolboard can didates If you have questions call the Santa Fe County Clerks office at 9866280 or 9866287 Continued from Page Al schools and Alameda Middle School and District 5 which includes the Kaune Kearny Nava and Turquoise Trail ele mentary schools and DeVargas Middle School areas Only vot ers within those districts may vote for the candidates District3 incumbent Mar tin Lujan faces a challenge from writer and parent Devon Jackson and Sergio Rodri guezRomo a house painter who wants to improve Span ishlanguage education in the district Nonprofit direc tor Brian Dineen is running against Fiesta Tours owner Frank Montano in the District 5 race to replace outgoing board president Donita Sena Polling places are open at 24 schools and other buildings across the district from 7 to 7 today Election offi cials from Santa Fe County wilt hand out paper ballots rather than having voters use machines that have been available in past elections Brain maturity could explain teen crash rate The Washington Post WASHINGTON By most physical measures teenagers should be the worlds best driv ers Their muscles are supple their reflexes quick their senses at a lifetime car crashes kill more of them than any other cause a prob lem some researchers believe that is rooted in the adolescent brain A National Institutes of Health study suggests that the region of the brain that inhibits risky behavior is not fully formed until age 25 a finding with implications for a host of policies including the nations driving laws Wed thought the highest lev els of physical and brain matu rity were reached by age 18 maybe earlier so this threw said Jay Giedd a pediatric psychiatrist leading the study which released its first results in April That makes adoles cence a dangerous time when it should be the Last month State Sen Wil liam G Mims RLoudoun cited brain development research in proposing a Vir ginia bill that would ban cell phone use in vehicles for drivers younger than 18 It passed Friday In Maryland Dels Adrienne A Mandel and William A Bronrott aid the research could bolster three bills the Mont gomery County Democrats submitted to the legislature Friday The bills would expand training and restrict passenger numbers and cellphone use for certain teenage drivers The measures also are ported by crash statistics and a SoorHobe released study from Temple University which used a drivingstyle test to show that young peo ple take greater risks consis tently wheri their friends are Watching This goes toward support ing evidence that the judg ment of teens further dete riorates with distractions These crashes are prevent Mandel said I would welcome researchers testi mony at our bill The research hasimplica tions beyond driving Attor neys cited brain development studies as the Supreme Court considered whether juvenile offenders should be eligible for the death pen alty The court is expected to reach a decision by midyear Critics of brainimaging research and Giedd himself emphasize that there is no proven correlation between brain changes and behavior Giedd however said that the duration and depth of the study means its time to bring neuroscience to the table in the teendriving debate We can determine what is the relationship between brain development and driv ing ability and what we can do to make it Giedd said At Temple University in Philadelphia psychology pro fessor and researcher Lau rence Steinberg plans a new study scanning teenagers brains while they perform a task that simulates driv ing decisions in an effort TRAVEL BUG H Frt Sta Guatemala i fort All MfXMM Paper Unlimited CRANES WINTER WRITE 358 S Guadalupe 9822181 a comprehensive lax service 2446 CERRILLOS ROAD 47347OO INDIRUII M BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT February 16 2005 Field Trip February 10 2005 City Council Chambers CALL OF ALLEGIANCE OF AGENDA OF MINUTES October 20 2004 E OLD BUSINESS F NEW BUSINESS 1 Case V2005Q1 The Life Link Landscape Setback Variance Deborah Auten agent for The Life Link requests a variance to the landscape setback for 10 feet where 15 feet is required Property located at 1331 Declovina Street Property zoned C2 Gary Park 2 CaseJfJt2Q05rQ2 Santa Fe Prep Setback Variance Spears Architects agent for Santa Fe Prep requests a variance to the landscape setback for 5 feet where 15 feet is required Property located at 1101 Camino Cruz Blanca Property zoned R1 Gary Park 3 Caseff SE200501 Santa Fe Prep Special Exception Spears Architects agent for Santa Fe Prep requests expansion of a private school under Special Exception review Property located at 1101 Camino Cruz Blanca Property zoned R1 Gary Park CASES BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR NOTE New Mexico law requires the following administrative procedures be followed by zoning boards conducting quasijudicial hearings In quasijudicial hearing before zoning boards all witnesses must be sworn in under oath prior to testimony and will be subject to crossexamination Witnesses have the right to have an attorney present at the hearing The zoning board will in its discretion grant or deny requests to postpone hearings to understand the biological underpinnings of risktaking among young people Giedd intends to pursue similar studies with his sub focusing on ways to give young people and those responsible for them more tools for beating the odds Teenagers are four times as likely as older drivers to be involved in a crash and three tunes as likely to die in one according to the Insur ance Institute for Highway Safety Right now our first sub jects are reaching driving Giedd said What bet ter application could there be than saving their lives Lily and Zoe Ulrich 15 yearold identical twins from Frederick have been part of Giedds study at NIH for two years When they signed up they answered questions about their diet athletics social habits peer pressure language skills and intellectual achievements The blond 5foot4 sisters will receive their learners permits this month Im excited its really Lily said Im a little more said Zoe Giedd turns to his laptop Its an eightsecond time lapse film of the brain swept by a vivid blue wave symbol izing maturing gray matter The color engulfs the frontal lobes and ends in a direct hitj Giedd said with the dor sallateral prefrontal just behind the brow About as thick and wide as a silver dollar this region dis tinguishes humans from other animals From it scientists believe come judgments and values longterm goals the weighing of risks and conse quences what parents call wisdom or common sense and what science calls j While society and tradis tion have placed the point of intellectual maturity the age of years earlier the study an international effort led by NIHs Institute of Mental Health and UCLAs Laboratory of Neuro Imaging shows it 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