"18. Freedom of Thought. We all have the right to believe in what we want to believe, to have a religion, or to change it if we want."
Now read the short story about this important human right.
Freedom of Thought
Madeline finishes her marketing exam with a sigh. She passes it in and walks out of the classroom.
Her friend Abe says to her, "Why so sad? Did your test not go well?"
Madeline smiles, "No, It is not that. I just know that my answer to the essay question does not match the professor's answer."
Abe looks confused. "Well, if you know what answer the professor wants, why not just give it to him?"
smiles sadly, "Because I do not agree with him. I could not bring
myself to write something I do not believe. Do not worry, my theory has
plenty of evidence to support it. My essay is good. My answer is
correct. It is just a different answer than the one he teaches."
Abe nods. "Oh, I think I understand. I am just surprised that you risk a bad grade to stand up for your idea."
Madeline smiles again, "I know, crazy, right?"
A few days later, the professor hands the exams back to the students. Madeline is shocked to see an A on her test.
After class, she approaches her professor. "Thank you for the A," she says.
He smiles, "You do not have to thank me. You earn your grades, and your work deserves an A."
"Okay," she says, "I am just surprised. I know that my answer to the essay question does not match your philosophy."
he agrees, "but you have the right to your own ideas. You have freedom
of thought. Trust me – your work deserves an A, even if we disagree on
"Wow, thanks," Madeline says and walks away, happy and determined to always stand up for her ideas.