Educational Technology

June 26, 2011

Digital technology changes boundaries of students’ free speech rights

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:40 am

by Linda P. Campbell, Star-Telegram

How far student speech has come since Mary Beth and John Tinker and Christopher Eckhardt wore black armbands to school in Des Moines to protest the Vietnam War and got suspended as though they were common hooligans. Now, online-savvy teens get in trouble for rudely mocking their elders on social networking sites, and the ensuing court battles rattle and redefine free-speech boundaries. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, Justice Abe Fortas famously wrote for the Supreme Court in 1969 that students don’t “shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate.”But in an Internet-driven world, where’s the schoolhouse gate anyway?

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