students' rights - Hong-Van Nguyen English Composition 102...

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Hong-Van Nguyen English Composition 102 MWF 9:00 Students’ Rights “I have a dream!” goes the famous speech. Famous words about freedom, about enforcing principles, and about anti-discrimination. For many young people today, there is a place where freedom of speech is ignored and where freedom of expression is restricted. Many students across the United States have complained that their educational institutions feel more like prisons than enjoyable places to learn. The idea behind mandatory education is understood, that every U.S. resident is given an equal opportunity to learn. But many students complain that their First Amendment right to free speech is unfairly restricted while they are in school. Many school principals, teachers, and other administrators often restrict various types of student speech. This usually includes controversial material of all sorts, such as clothing and protests. School officials argue that unrestricted rights for students could possibly lead to complete chaos in schools and little learning could take place (“Students’ Rights.”) Students’ free speech rights, over the years, have been fought in court. Courts have ruled that students’ First Amendment rights should be restricted in order to allow productive learning and maintain the safe functioning of schools. The Supreme Court has
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This note was uploaded on 04/12/2008 for the course ENGLISH 102 taught by Professor Brittan during the Spring '07 term at Harrisburg Area Community College.

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