Many free speech advocates blame right wing political and religious groups such as the Christian Coalition for the censorship problems in the United States.
Ask students to write an interpretation of one of the following quotes: "Every burned book enlightens the world.
In addition, if an adviser is caught in the middle of a case, students might be inclined to back down to protect their ally, Hiestand said. Among the most common reasons are: sexually explicit scenes, offensive language, unsuited to age group, occult themes or promoting the occult or Satanism, violence, homosexual themes, and promoting a religious viewpoint.
Ask students to write an essay defending the novel based on the moral issues and themes in the book. As discussed in Fact Sheet 8, this sometimes means that the courts will uphold a decision to remove a book or to discipline a teacher, if it appears to serve legitimate educational objectives, including administrative efficiency.
Efforts to suppress a disfavored view or controversial ideas are educationally unsound and constitutionally suspect. Similar drops in student newspapers since the s have been observed in Chicago and New York City.
How does listening to all opinions promote the principles of intellectual freedom? Vermont is one of 13 states that have taken a more liberal approach: Laws in those states limit administrators from censoring student journalism unless they can show it is obscene, it would violate the law, or it would disrupt classroom teaching.
Then have them write and illustrate a comic book in the style of a classic comic that communicates Socrates' beliefs regarding free speech. We believe high school and college students throughout our state should have the same rights, and a change in law is the way to make that happen.
How does knowledge and reading eliminate fear?