Students & Free Speech

Today in class we looked at primary source – Tinker v. Des Moines Board of Education.  Students examined thetext of the first Amendment, identified the Five Freedoms which it protects, and then applied this to the Tinker case.  We used a great web resource to read and listen to the case – http://www.oyez.org/cases/1960-1969/1968/1968_2 – and discussed its implications.

  • Are there limits on free speech for students in schools? If so, what are those limits?
  • Who did the Supreme Court side with? Was anything unconstitutional?
  • What was the precedent set by this ruling?
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