Supporting the Bill of Rights
Twelve-year-old boy: Dad/Mom, I was thinking that maybe I am old enough to go to the concert at the Civic Center tonight. What do you think?
Dad/Mom: Well, I'm not sure it is a question of age, isn't it more a question of what you have learned as you have been growing up?
Twelve-year-old boy: What do you mean? All I am asking is can I go or not? What else is there to talk about?
Dad/Mom: Well, in that case I have good news for you and bad news for you. The good news is that we can talk about your right to do some things on your own with your friends without me going with you.
Twelve-year-old boy: Wow, thanks! But, that doesn't mean I can go does it? What is the bad news?
Dad/Mom: The bad news, which also can be "good news," is that for every right there is a responsibility. What do you think your responsibilities should be if we agree to let you go to the concert?