Censorship has slithered into schools, banning books, limiting clothing choices, and censoring publication of school newspapers. Though students are fighting back, the topic is highly controversial. Schools think they should be able to protect their students (Truly 3). But, in the case of Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, it was decided the students and teachers do not “shed their Constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate” (Emert). If students really do in fact share the same rights as everyone else, how is there censorship is schools?
The people who ban and censor books think that they are protecting the readers from the information, but it is secluding the readers from getting more ideas. This creates a negative impact on the readers, especially high school students. People don’t realize that book censorship limits the way they view the world. Many books have been banned in American high schools because of political, religious, sexual, and social reasons. Book banners and parents should be more lenient in what the book expresses because it teaches readers, such as high school students, many lessons that will help them in life.
Cellphone’s use by students at school has become a controversial issue for the educational system in today's society. Most teachers and school administrators believe that cellphones are disruptive. Although school officials ruled policies to prohibit using the cellphones during class time, students carry them all the time in class. The text messaging, calling and even browsing the net during class time caused them to be distracted and be uninterested in learning. In other word, students who pay too much attention to their cellphones become uninterested in learning during class lectures and they would like socializing more than listening to the lectures .
The reasons are: a student’s right to their opinion and having a school safe environment for the students” (Caruso 86). Many students feel angry towards schools for perusing school uniforms because many feel they express themselves only through their clothes. Students that feel they cannot express their style through clothes at school may later on rebel against the school and their parents. Uniforms to some may feel uncomfortable and may not be universal to all body styles. If students feel apprehensive about how they are dressed then the learning discontinues in the classrooms.
Individuals are being affected by the bullying and it is becoming very dangerous. Others believe it is the new way students communicate. They also think it is a problem because anyone can steal someone’s identity and say they are someone they are not. Schools need to prevent cyberbullying by suspending students because it is affecting innocent student’s learning ability. Schools should educate student that there are different ways to decrease cyberbullying.
It was not in the best interest of Isabel or her classmates to have Isabel in class when she was having so many outbursts. Teachers at Waukee Elementary are also teaching students that the best way to solve a problem is to lock it away, just like they locked Isabel away. This is a horrible way to live by, especially if you are a teacher whose job is to mold the impressionable minds of today’s youth. Sources: Mandlawitz, M. (2007). What Every Teacher Should Know About IDEA 2004 Laws and Regulations.
At first I was angry at the school because I could wear clothing that was obscene or contained liquor advertisements, now they have completely taken away my freedom of speech. This of course proved my argument that teachers and administrators are totalitarians. As one journalist put it, "If Freedom of expression becomes merely an empty slogan in the minds of enough children, it will be dead by the time we are adults." I soon began reading more and more about the freedom of speech in schools and every time a subject as such came up the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the student declaring the action unconstitutional under the first amendment. As I was reading Nat Hentoff's book The First Freedom I came across a story in which a student wrote a newspaper article criticizing the school administration, soon after he ran for student government and was taken off the ballot for his critique.
Caruso discusses, “There are two main reasons of conflict on school uniforms. The reasons are: a student’s right to their opinion and having a school safe environment for the students” (Caruso 86). Many students feel angry towards schools for perusing school uniforms because many feel they express themselves only through their clothes. Students that feel they cannot express their style through clothes at school may later on rebel against the school and their parents. Uniforms to some may feel uncomfortable and may not be universal to all body styles.
Some schools decide to teach abstinence only programs, which are not effective enough. I believe this because some parents do not believe their teen should be taught to never have sex until marriage. Along with that parents are again being the ones who need to be educated before the teenagers are. There are parents do not agree with their teeanger being taught sex education in schools because they think their teenager is only being taught about having sex. What parents do not fully know is there is more to sex education than just sex.
Everyday, students and teachers alike trudge through front doors of high schools all across the world. And, even though Tinker vs. Des Moines does not rid students and teachers of their First Amendment right, they are limited on their use of the *First Amendment, thanks to censorship. In high school, students are going to be offended if not by another student than accidentally by a teacher; however, instead of maturely dealing with being offended, most students nowadays have been programmed to go home and complain to their parents, who complain to the school board, who, in turn, hound the schools about watching what they say. Now to some extent, schools need censorship, but when censorship becomes an issue, it causes more harm than good. In