Students' Right to Speak: The First Amendment in Public Schools
In 1969, Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas called free speech in public schools a "hazardous freedom," but one well worth the risk. A half-century later, with technology enabling students to communicate in ways only dreamed about in Fortas' time, that freedom seems more hazardous than ever. Yet still worth the risk, given equal respect for students' First Amendment rights and for the requirements of an orderly educational institution. This book provides educators, administrators, school board members and parents a starting point in creating student speech policies that encourage the responsible exercise of constitutional freedoms, while respecting the learning environment. The author discusses the history, sociology, law and philosophy surrounding student speech, demonstrating that free speech and effective teaching and administration in public schools are not mutually exclusive.
McFarland & Company Publishers