Kids Are Americans Too

Kids Are Americans Too

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Kids Are Americans Too! And that means you have rights just like everybody else. But it's not enough to just say you have them. You have to know what those rights are...and are not! Luckily for you, Bill O'Reilly is back opining for kids on that very subject—your legal rights.

O'Reilly and his coauthor Charles Flowers, dole out the kind of blunt, cogent, commonsense commentary you count on them for. Together they explore timely questions being debated in and out of courts today including:

Can a kid wear an anti-gay T-shirt on campus?
Does a school newspaper have the right to badmouth a principal?
Does a mother have the right to eavesdrop on her daughter's telephone conversations?

Some of the answers will surprise you. Some will empower you. All will make you think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061363498
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/16/2007
Edition description: Unabridged, 2 CD's, 2 Hours 30 min
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 5.06(h) x 0.37(d)
Age Range: 12 - 14 Years

About the Author

For more than thirteen years, three-time Emmy Award winner Bill O’REillyhas presided over The O’Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel, the highest-ratednews program on cable. Prior to that, he served as a national correspondent for ABCNews and as an anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program InsideEdition. He is the author of numerous megabestsellers, including A Bold Fresh Pieceof Humanity, a deeply personal memoir that has sold more than one million copies.

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Kids Are Americans Too

Chapter One

How Can You Be a Good American?

Being a good American starts with knowing your rights . . . and respecting the rights of others. And by doing the right thing when many other kids are not.

First off, your rights were not delivered by God to Moses on Mount Sinai.

That was the Ten Commandments, okay? (Hope you've heard of them.)

No, the rights you enjoy today were crafted by human hands and human minds. You have to get that straight from the start or you could go crazy. They were set down by a group of intelligent, difficult, argumentative, arrogant guys whom we officially call the "Founding Fathers." You've seen the marble busts and statues, the paintings of the very serious-looking old guys standing in great halls.

Don't be fooled by how they look.

Believe me, while they were Founding, the Fathers included brilliant thinkers, pains in the butt, more than one certifiable drunk, heroes who stood against the majority on principle, athletes (some of whom were skilled at chasing skirts), and speakers who could make the walls shake. In other words, this collection of true patriots (yes, I mean that term) was very, very human.

To repeat, you have to understand that.

See, your rights here in America were created by a wide range of people (except, owing to the times, they were all male and white). They differed because they had a diversity of human talents and human flaws. Not really so unlike the population of your school.

But what they shared was the most important thing. It can legitimately be called a "Vision." Let me sum it up in mywords!

The average person in America should be free from unjust interference in daily life . . . and should be protected from the bad guys, whoever and wherever they are.

These Founding Fathers wanted to express this Vision in writing so it would live on even long after they were gone.The document they created is what we know as the U.S. Constitution.

Simple? Sounds like it.

But something like this had never happened before in the history of the world.

So, along with everything else, the Founding Fathers—screaming and swearing at each other, laughing and celebrating and pounding each other on the back—were Patriots with a capital P. More than 220 years ago, they were looking out for you.

They wanted to establish some ground rules that would be really easy for everyone to understand and really difficult for bad guys to mess up. They wanted to make the best possible country for Americans forever. That would include you and me . . . right now.

But, yes, they were human.

And they knew it.

Let's review: Well-meaning human beings created a set of rights and called it the Constitution. But they knew things would change over time. So what did they actually do for you?

Did they agree that you have the right to bring your iPod to gym class?

They did not.

Or maybe they did.Well, not specifically, but arguably.

That's right—we have the right to debate how the Constitution affects our lives today.

Okay. This story has a kind of moral: As we talk more about rights, keep in mind that they are rarely absolute.

I mean, rights don't belong just to you. Your rights and my rights have to be balanced against the legitimate rights of other people as well.

That's easier said than done, I know. But here's a case where a young man did just that . . . He came up with a way to balance his right, as he saw it, with the rights of his school administrators.

Your Hero?

Do you have the right to refuse to do your school homework?


Does the school have the right to assign so much of it that your life is ruined?

No. But I know it seems that way a lot of the time, no matter where you go to school.

Well, a fifteen-year-old kid thought hard about those questions, and then he took action. No, he didn't call the ACLU. He used his head. Read on—maybe Sean Gordon-Loeb will end up being one of your heroes.

As reported in the New York Times, Sean is one of the bright students at Stuyvesant High School, perhaps the most competitive high school in New York City. As in most communities today, the kids there often feel that they have too much homework. (When kids e-mailed me in response to my book The O'Reilly Factor for Kids, that was the Number One problem they wanted to talk about.) Some parents agree; others do not. Even the experts aren't sure where to draw the line.

But Sean, who by the way has an A-minus average, thought he knew. Vacations should be "downtime," he politely argued to the school's principal. What Sean wanted was elimination of all homework assignments during vacation, but the school prides itself on getting kids ready to compete for the country's best colleges.

The result? Compromise. The principal agreed to encourage teachers to lighten the homework assignments for vacation periods. One teacher had a very creative response, assigning a paper for vacation but allowing it to be turned in beforehand.

So, Sean's sensible approach to a problem—without confrontation—led to a balanced compromise. Remember Sean as we go forward. When you think you have the right to something—in this case, a worry-free vacation for relaxing—the first step should not be screaming your head off. Think. Be rational. Discuss the issue with respect.

Perhaps, like Sean, you, too, will be able to enjoy "the pursuit of happiness," a phrase we'll talk more about a little later. Go, Sean! No pinhead, he!

Kids Are Americans Too. Copyright © by Bill O'Reilly. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Welcome     xiii
First Up     xix
How Can You Be a Good American?     1
Your Hero?     5
A Blast from the Past     7
Unintended Consequences     9
What Is Your Freedom All About?     15
Ask O'Reilly     20
Musical Interlude     24
Reality Check     25
Awesome Multiple-Choice Quiz No. 1     26
Last Piece of the Rights Puzzle: Listen Up!     29
O'Reilly Swings     33
Are the Supremes Your Friends?     35
Porn Judgment?     37
Your Life in the School Daze     45
When Is a Knight Not a Knight?     47
Awesome Multiple-Choice Quiz No. 2     52
On the Other Hand...     54
Musical Interlude     56
Ask O'Reilly     58
High Ideals?     61
Awesome Multiple-Choice Quiz No. 3     70
All in the Family     73
Parents Under Attack?     77
Your Rights vs. Their Rights     87
Prose and a Con?     88
Sticking Up for Others     94
Freedom of the Press?     96
Ask O'Reilly     97
Are Rights Always Good for You?     99
Gotta Keep Thinking About These Things     103
Careful What You Ask For     104
Ask O'Reilly     106
Final Awesome Multiple-Choice Quiz     110
Extra Credit     113
Ask O'Reilly     123
The Last Word     125
Defense Savvy: A Brief Guide to Terms     127

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Kids Are Americans Too 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
goldenmoonbear2008 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I am pretty sure this is one of the worst books ever but it might be secretly genius...nah.
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luke12 More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing and really opened my eyes, it is a little for the right side though. (Which I liked) Yes, some people will like this book, others won't, I was one who did.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Kids are Americans Too is a book by Bill O¿Reilly and Charles Flowers that informs young Americans of their rights and responsibilities of being an American citizen. If you do not know, Bill O¿Reilly is the host of the hit cable news program The O¿Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. Before I read this book I was unaware of the rights I actually had in school, in the community, and even in my own home. This book helped me understand the rights of kids in the United States. I imagine that it would help anyone who wanted to know their rights and the rights of others on local, state, and national levels. It brings out the fact that kids in this country have rights as well as adults. It has real life examples and fun segments that make it entertaining. Mr. O¿Reilly¿s dry humor brings it all together. I would recommend this book to any young American.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that only an indpendent like Papa Bear can produce these rare treasures in an unbiased and logical way that the kids can understand. Kids can learn that being an American means fighting for freedom, and that freedom still has to be worked for. I did read the book, and Bill showed me as an adult what I wish I knew when I was a kid. If this book was available when I was young I'd know more about my rights and the constitutional process, how to vote for the issues that matter to me (or to help my parents make a decision about such things). Kids have and will reap the wondrous benefits by reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent book that all responsible parents should read with there children. Bill O'Reilly is a patriot who is concerned about the negative influences on our children by the far left secular progressive American hating loons who use lies and defamation to justify their means.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Since reviewer 'catzeb' neither read this book, nor knows anything about the author,,here are some facts. Bill O'Reilly is not a Republican, but a registered Independent. He has championed the legislation of Jessica's Law in almost all of the United States. And he truly has an interest in the future of our kids in a changing and uncertain world. Please READ the book before you comment. And don't say things that aren't true!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
bill o reilly has a book that really looks out after kids cause they are the ones who have no voice in this country and this publication is the first of its kind to let the american people know that chidren are being threatened by sexual predators who use them on the internet and the aclu and liberal judges who make lax laws to turn criminals loose. this is a great book to help children and strenthen their protection.I think this book will open up some new laws for children and this might also open up some discussion and get the candidates to toughen laws agaist those who harm our children. great gift idea for family and or friends.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a teenager myself, this book was not my favorite taste in books. Kids are Americans Too is written by Bill O'Reilly, a highly popular politician and TV host. In this book, he has written scenarios of kids contemplating their rights within America as well as real kids and their stories of ridiculous situations that end up getting the government involved. Bill O'Reilly talks about our rights as kids, and what we cannot do. Personally, I thought the stories were interesting, but I think it lacked stories of when the teenagers won the court battles. Some of the stories were bogus, and the kids should have won. I am a fan of fiction books mainly, but i stepped out of my box and read this, and it to me, was boring. Bill O'Reilly's facts and stories were well researched, but for me it didn't contain as much escitement as I would have liked. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy politics and history about our rights as children.
So for kid readers, this book would probably not be your first choice like me unless you really like fake situations and learning about your rights.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read enough of this book to understand that anyone who gives this crap to a kid to read is ruining that kid's mind and future. For God's sake, let's keep O'Reilly away from our children!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is about as good as Mr. O'Reilly's tv show. I other words, at the level of a high school student. At least that means he probably wrote it himself. And it's odd to me that he would write this book, given his own problem with sexual harrassment. But these days if you are a celebrity then you get to publish a book. It's also odd that he'd decide to write about sex education, since he's a Republican and they are generally against that. I guess he thinks he's an expert on the subject, but you wouldn't know that from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book teaches you about how to notify and learn you own rights. It gives examples of many cases of how kids rights may or may not have been violated. I would definetly recomend this book to Teens between 12 and Up. Most of Bill O'Reillys Book are excellent, and Mike Huckabee's recent book has the perfect title DO THE RIGHT THING..........