Lessons in Censorship

Lessons in Censorship examines disputes about student speech involving issues including the civil rights movement, war and peace, rights for LGBTs, abortion, immigration, evangelical proselytizing, and the Confederate flag. Catherine J. Ross argues that the failure of schools to respect civil liberties betrays their educational mission and threatens democracy. Throughout, Ross proposes ways to protect free expression without disrupting education. Placing battles over student speech in their social and historical context, Ross highlights the growing tendency of schools to clamp down on off-campus speech such as texting and sexting and reveals how well-intentioned measures to counter verbal bullying and hate speech may impinge on constitutionally protected speech.

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