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Why Freedom Matters in My Life

Category: 2009 Elementary School (Grades 1-5)
Student: Dylan Bresnan
School: Trevor Day School New York, NY (New York County)
Teacher: Liz Fishman

Freedom is one of the most important things in my life because without it I would be unable to do many things. There would still be slaves and there would be no democracy. Freedom is very important to me because I don’t want to live in a country where I can’t read certain books or one where a woman will get arrested if she doesn`t where a veil. I want to live in a country with freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, and freedom of protest. It is important to have freedom of speech because without it people would HAVE to say what the government wants them to. Freedom of religion is very important because without that you could get kicked out of the country if you didn`t believe in what the government believes. If there was no freedom of press no one would know what’s really going on because every newspaper would be controlled by the government. If there also was no freedom of protest you could get in jail for the rest of your life for saying a decision the government made was wrong. I also want to live in a country with logical punishments. I don’t want to live in a country where if you’re the governor`s best friend but you do something drastic you have to only do community service for one month or a country where if you steal a purse you have to go to jail for the rest of your life. I don’t want to live in a country where the government control the people like puppets. I want to live in a country where the people have their own rights. A country like America. And that’s why freedom matters to me.

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