Today we have an edumacation twofer. For starters, here’s a dirty little secret for high school students: All of those high minded things you learned about freedom of speech are fibs. Those freedoms don’t really apply to you until you are clutching that diploma. The school’s discipline tentacles are long and unforgiving.
Exhibit A: Appeals Court Weighs Teen's Web Speech
To sum up the article, a high school girl in
cancelled postponed a concert she helped organize. She posted her comments on her blog. Predictably, the administrators in question were not amused when they discovered that they had been likened to a feminine hygiene product.
The student has sued the school for violations of her civil rights and a lower court has already sided with the school district. Schools do have the right to restrict freedom of expression if it is interfering with school work or discipline. The intent was to give schools the right to break up protests, protect against potential violence, and other disruptive behavior.
This young lady called an unspecified person a bad name on-line from a computer that was nowhere near school grounds. The school is whining that other students might actually read the student’s comments. They really do not specify what sort of impact this might actually have on the process of teaching in the school, though.
Honestly, I think that someone needs to grow a thicker skin and get over a petty insult.
Here’s two pieces of advice for high school students who actually want to criticize their schools.
First: Make it perfectly clear that your voice deserves to be heard. The public school is a government agency and therefore is subject to citizen criticism. Indeed, your voice is the most important because you are the ones most directly impacted by school board and administration decisions.
Second: Come up with a more creative insult. “Soul-crushing censorship-loving jellyfish” comes to mind. (Biology bonus: Jellyfish have no spines.)
Now we move from
The good folks running education in
Basically, if the bill somehow passes and is not challenged in court, every single public school student in
I’m not going to spend a whole lot of effort arguing the evolution point. This video sums it up pretty well.
And if you need to reconcile a belief in the supernatural and solid scientific theory, please look up the definition of “metaphor.”
“We don’t need no education”