Free speech rights and free speech pedagogy

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4 Responses

  1. Brett Bellmore says:

    But once we authorize school authorities to “determine the range of acceptable expression” even when expressions don’t actually disrupt the education process, we face a serious problem: Some school authorities will object to quite common viewpoints. Opposition to abortion. Opposition to gun control. Christianity. School authorities may not share the prevailing attitudes of their communities, they may regard them with utter disdain. We know this is quite common, from current efforts at school censorship at both the k-12 and higher level.

    Teachers do not, according to polls, have the same distribution of political views as the general population.

    You’re going to have the schools, quite frequently, (They try it today often enough, even being explicitly told they can’t.) trying to censor viewpoints which may represent a plurality of the community.

    I think the only real difference between the black armband and the Confederate flag, is that YOU find the latter more objectionable. And you’re rationalizing imposing that view on the students, which, since the students probably share their parents’ views, means imposing them on the parents who have chosen to let the state educate their children.

    You’re going to give an awful lot of parents incentive to withdraw their children, and stop supporting public education.

  2. AndyK says:

    Your view is not so far off from Justice Thomas’ view. How do you distinguish suppressing the armband from suppressing the Confederate flag from suppressing pro-gay t-shirts? When you’ve cut down the laws in this case, you’ll have to allow school admins to shut down speech that you like as well.

  3. AndyK says:

    Speaking of free speech, it looks like the comment policy on this blog has changed as well, and is going to the Brian Leiter blackout mode. I don’t recall any problem with spam or abusive comments: why the change?

  4. MuckrakerW says:

    This commentary is about suppression of freedom of speech in general. Please go to | blog and read the commentary with video titled: ‘A Implies B’. Freedom of speech is indirectly linked to wars. What is missing in a lot of these historical wars are logical truths, based on the philosophy of mathematics, which might have prevented the war in the first place if they had been foreknown or considered.