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11 Rights All Students (Should) Have

GenDIY | Posted 06.11.2015 | Education

Erik Martin It's rare that students get to inform education policy decisions, much less influence how our schools run. Many decisions are m...

Civility and Free Speech in Education

David Moshman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Education
David Moshman

Charlie Hebdo could be published in the United States. But what if it were distributed in schools or assigned for students to read? Is uncivil speech protected by the First Amendment? This is a question not so easily answered. The short answer is this: In general, yes; but in education, no.

English Teachers Adopt Statement on Academic Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 02.20.2015 | Education
David Moshman

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has adopted a new position statement on academic freedom. The statement consists of two introductory paragraphs and five principles.

The Relevance of San Francisco's Winter of Love to the Entire LGBTIQ Community Today

John Lewis | Posted 04.15.2014 | Gay Voices
John Lewis

We must remember that discrimination in any aspect of our lives and against any members of the community affects us all.

Is Race Discrimination in School Discipline a Real Problem?

Deborah J. Vagins | Posted 03.10.2014 | Politics
Deborah J. Vagins

With the rise of law enforcement in our schools, the proliferation of zero-tolerance policies, and misuse of exclusionary school discipline, our nation's school discipline policies are fueling the school-to-prison pipeline by pushing children out of school.

Students: Exercise Your Intellectual Freedom

David Moshman | Posted 10.19.2013 | College
David Moshman

Come to school to think: Of course you should come to school to learn. But you should think about what you learn, how it relates to what you already know, and why you should (or shouldn't) believe it. This will enhance both your learning and your thinking.

Student Rights: A Philosophical Framework

David Moshman | Posted 09.01.2013 | Books
David Moshman

Schools need not and should not limit student rights to the maximum extent legally permitted. They should engage in serious ethical analysis and do the right thing, which often means protecting and promoting student rights beyond what the law requires.

Breaking: Federal Jury Finds College President Personally Liable in 'Facebook Collage' Case

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 04.03.2013 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Student Hayden Barnes was expelled from VSU in 2007 after posting a collage on Facebook mocking the university president's plans for a parking garage.

She Hates Obama And Romney But College Tried -- And Failed -- To Stifle Her

Posted 10.10.2012 | College

Jillyann Burns likes neither President Obama nor Mitt Romney and figured there were others students at Ohio University in Athens who are "sick of the ...

Hey, Colleges: Stop Censoring Political Speech!

Will Creeley | Posted 12.05.2012 | College
Will Creeley

Unfortunately, every election year, too many colleges and universities make the incomprehensible and illiberal decision to censor their students' and professors' political speech.

Random Drug Testing of Students Sends the Wrong Message

Randy Turner | Posted 12.04.2012 | Education
Randy Turner

The good intentions of those who have formulated such policies across the U.S., including the school district where I teach, cannot be questioned. They know that drugs are a significant problem with today's youth. Random testing is not the answer.

Free Speech for College Students: FIRE's Guide Updated

David Moshman | Posted 11.12.2012 | College
David Moshman

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) has published a second edition of its outstanding Guide to Free Speech on Campus, one of its five Guides to Student Rights on Campus. Every college student should read this book.

Feds: City Routinely Violates Basic Student Rights

AP | HOLBROOK MOHR | Posted 08.11.2012 | Education

JACKSON, Miss. -- Officials in east Mississippi operate a "school-to-prison pipeline" that incarcerates students for disciplinary infractions as minor...

ACLU Urges Critical LGBT and HIV/AIDS Updates to 2012 Democratic National Platform

Ian Thompson | Posted 09.29.2012 | Gay Voices
Ian Thompson

Civil liberties, including LGBT rights and protections for those living with HIV/AIDS, are not partisan issues.

State GOP Bill Would Let Schools Punish Students For Off-Campus Activity, Online Speech

Posted 02.16.2012 | Education

A bill that would allow schools to punish students for off-campus activities -- even while at the mall on weekends -- reached Indiana's state Senate C...

Too Sexy For The High School Yearbook?

Posted 01.06.2012 | Denver

A Durango High School senior had her yearbook portrait yanked and says that school administrators told her the photo violated school dress code. Th...

Students Need Teachers With Tenure

David Moshman | Posted 10.31.2011 | Education
David Moshman

In principle, all teachers should have academic freedom regardless of tenure status. But in the real world of education, the exercise of such freedom depends in large part on tenure. Thus students need teachers with tenure.

Thank Christian Conservatives For Gay-Straight Alliances In Public Schools

David Moshman | Posted 08.19.2011 | Education
David Moshman

The story goes back 30 years to the early days of the Reagan administration.

Formidable Coalition Joins Fight for Student Rights

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 12.05.2011 | College
Greg Lukianoff

Hayden Barnes, a former student at Georgia's Valdosta State University (VSU) was kicked out of his college for protesting. This case is easily among the worst I've ever seen.

School Officials Argue With Student Over Meaning Of 'Hell'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

An unlikely argument over semantics has erupted at one Kirkwood, Mo. middle school regarding the use of the word "hell," reports KTVI. Michelle Ram...

Academic Freedom and Indoctrination

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

We all support essentially the same principles of academic freedom, including respect for the authority of faculty over the curriculum and respect for the right of students not to be indoctrinated.

Utah Students Pioneer Gay-Alliance Clubs Throughout State

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The New York Times has reported that over 30 Gay-Straight Alliance school clubs have formed across the state of Utah in 2010. This comes on the heels...

One Strike And She's Out: Softball Player Says Coaches 'Outed' Her To Parents Then Dropped Her From Team

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

For some, it takes three strikes and they're out. For others, the play is already made before stepping up to bat. Two East Texas high school softball...

Academic Freedom in High School and Kindergarten

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Perhaps we can't run a kindergarten like a college, but we can provide students of all ages with a curriculum determined by teachers and other experts on academic grounds and encourage them to figure things out.

Academic Freedom: Not Just for College Professors

David Moshman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
David Moshman

Teachers should have intellectual freedom because such freedom enhances the quality of education and research, thus serving the common good.