"A Bible and a newspaper in every house, a good school in every districtall studied and appreciated as they meritare the principal support of virtue, morality, and civil liberty."

Newspapers have changed a great deal in recent years with moves from print to digital platforms so it’s a great time to debate and discuss the merits of newspapers. To help you get started, above is a quote from Ben Franklin about what he thought were the foundations of “virtue, morality and civil liberty.”

Write an essay reacting to Franklin’s quote. To help clarify what he said, here are some useful definitions:

virtue: right action and thinking; goodness

morality: quality of character, rightness or wrongness of action

civil liberty: freedom to exercise a right of personal autonomy or political expression or participation, such as the freedom of speech or religion, without governmental influence or limitation

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