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Re: [teacherartexchange] Responses re Supreme Court Ruling?

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From: Judy Decker (judy.decker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Tue Jul 03 2007 - 05:48:01 PDT


Greetings Jane,

I agree with San D on this topic.

>>In my town they do not want anything that is drug or sex
related, or violent in nature.

I was going to write more, but San D said it so well.

In my school, nothing could be gang related either.

Judy

On 7/2/07, Jane wrote:
> Last week the Supreme Courts handed down a decision that likely will
> have an impact on freedom of speech for students (and teachers).
>
> The so-called "Bong hits for Jesus" (Plenty on Google about this)
> gives principals the right to restrict and punish students whose
> expression might encourage drug use.
>
> Now that sounds pretty specific, but the ruling opens the door to
> restrict student expression in other areas.
>
> Pennsylvania ACLU legal director, Vik Walczak, suggests this is the
> thin end of the wedge to keeping a lid on student expression that
> can be described as disruptive to a school's education mission.
>
> As free expression in art education is the subject and substance of
> my doctoral research and writing, I would appreciate hearing from
> members of the listserv who have experience with freedom of
> expression, censorship, self censorship and other pertinent topics
> to this issue. What do you think of the Supreme Court ruling?
>
> A lot of Getty list members participated in my surveys, especially
> one if 20 questions length from 2001. Results of that survey showed
> that teachers who participated were concerned about free expression,
> worried about how far the students and they could go with topics of
> a controversial or sensitive nature. That was before 911, the war
> on terror, the patriot act, NCLB, all of which limit what it is ok
> express!
>
> It would be great to hear from you.
> Jane Beckwith in Brooklyn.

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