Should schools be allowed to censor student publications?

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Jiwon (not verified)

how much?

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How much freedom should we allow, especially when it could create violence, hate, misinformation, etc? People tend to use words carelessly when not controlled.

Taylor (not verified)

Students Should not be Censored

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I'm a tenth grade student, who has alot to say. At our school, we're allowed to debate between english classes. Before our first debate of the year I didn't really care about censorship.. Until I found out that over half of the books I've read in my life have been banned at one time or another. Censoring books, ideas, theories, and even thoughts from anyone is 100% wrong. It is in direct violation of the first amendment of the Constitution. The Constitution says that Anyone in the United States has the right to say or write what they feel and no one is able to make a law against it. So why get in the way of the Constitution? If you don't learn something from a book you're going to learn it somewhere else...maybe by experience. An example would be if you banned teachings about the Civil War. Then history would be bound to repeat itself, because no one would be educated on the subject. I am a firm believer that anything that someone wants to think or read should be available for them to read and study. Censorship is just a way of limiting your intellegence, in my mind.

Anonymous (not verified)

Should schools be allowed to censor student publications?

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that is true we have the right to spaek our mind but they wont let us

Kelsea (not verified)

Censoring student publications

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I agree in someways, but in someways i dissagree. I agree because, we should have a freedom of speech, but i disagree because if we get in some trouble, we have to pay the price, and with a censor, possibly, they could warn us before the paper is published. It could save one´s family thousands, or millions.

Anonymous (not verified)

i agree that students should

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i agree that students should be able to write what they want(withen reason) i am a student in eighth grade, and we are only allowed to write about good things in our school. i cant understand why we arent allowed to express our believes. the 1st ammendment says we are allowed the freedom of press and speech.

Sam (not verified)

This is wrong

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School administrators should not be allowed to censor publications by students. Does the 1st ammendment not mean anything to you people? Why can we not excpress ourselves in a manner that can only be dangerous if some not case comes across it and thinks it is wrong? He can simply make his own comment in the paper saying why he thinks it should be censored or not. If this were to happen then the schools would not censor that paper would they? It's like the whole system is trying to make us brain washed who have to follow guidelines that do not allow us to speak our mind.

lata,

Sam (aka only 14)

Lacey (not verified)

Although school newspapers

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Although school newspapers can contain some harmful information, they can also be used to encourage and uplift students and teach journalism and publishing skills. I am 13 years old and am doing a research project on this and I believe that all students should have the oppurtunity to express themselves while uplifting their fellow students at the same time.
Edward A.K. Tetteh (not verified)

I strongly support the idea

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I strongly support the idea that students publications should be censored. As students, they are growing to be adults and just as they were nurtured from childhood by their parents, school authorities should also nurture them to grow into responsible adults. Allowing students to just publish whatever materials they write may cause a mayherm which might not be very good for society in general. Also, the school has its reputation to protect and in that sense school authorities must make sure students publications do not mar whatever respect the school has gained over the years.
Betsy Ahlersmeyer (not verified)

First of all, student

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First of all, student publications need to be advised by a highly qualified journalism teacher, preferably one that majored in journalism not English or soome other discipline. If the teacher is highly qualified then questionable material is discussed as a part of the course and as it arises during the publication process. In this way, student's First Amendment rights are protected and prior review and censorship does not have to be imposed by administrators.
Ronn Lyford (not verified)

Student publications in

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Student publications in schools are a form of teaching and learning. It is the responsibility of the school to teach students what is acceptable and what is not. I am not calling for censorship but for guidance. Guide students and show them how something that should not be published can be re-written to make it publishable. Help the students to know that there are certain boundaries that responsible writers do not cross. Student publications can be a great teaching tool when used correctly.
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