Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education

Free Speech in schools
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Author:  Cory_Efland [ Sun Nov 25, 2007 2:33 pm ]
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I find that the typical public school setting is NOT a place where free speech is tolerated to its uncomfortable extremes. School is seen as a place of nurturing, and many feel that it is a place where the students must be “protectedâ€

Author:  Chris_Walz [ Sun Nov 25, 2007 5:58 pm ]
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I agree Cory, that in most public schools students aren't allowed free speech. I understand the other side that administrators are trying to convey by limiting students but that's just ignoring the issue. I feel that by high school, students should be allowed to express themselves and use free speech just like the real world. Ignoring these issues is doing our students a dis-service by telling them that it's alright to just ignore what people are saying. I also understand that it can be easier to keep order during the school day if students cannot express everything that they're thinking, however I have to side with our civil liberties.

Author:  melanie_wright [ Sun Nov 25, 2007 6:38 pm ]
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I agree with both of you. Free speech is seldom allowed in the typical public school. I also think that until you are an adult, your rights, such as free speech, are often suppressed because of society. I do not think this is fair at all. Everyone, no matter what age or grade, should be able to express how they feel and say what they want. If a child's free speech is suppressed while in school, they might possibly be reluctant to express how they feel once they get out into the "real world".

Author:  whitney_sims [ Sun Nov 25, 2007 7:31 pm ]
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I think maybe my school was an anomaly, but I felt like, aside from hate speech, free speech was encouraged in our school.

Author:  Maja_Potocki [ Thu Nov 29, 2007 10:54 pm ]
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I feel like my school was pretty good at trying to uphold our rights as individuals, but of course we had school rules which we had to follow. I think that it is important to allow children to exercise their rights to free speech because it is a great learning opportunity. To have a child get up and express how they feel about something without a fellow student or teacher shutting them up. Just like what Melanie said, it teaches them to have a voice and an opinion in the "real world"

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