Land of the What?

Hard lessons from poetry class: Speech is free unless it’s critical

In March 2003, a teenage girl named Courtney presented one of her poems before an audience at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Albuquerque, then read the poem live on the school’s closed-circuit television channel.
A school military liaison and the high school principal accused the girl of being “un-American” because she criticized the war in Iraq and the Bush administration’s failure to give substance to its “No child left behind” education policy.
The girl’s mother, also a teacher, was ordered by the principal to destroy the child’s poetry. The mother refused and may lose her job.

It gets worse. Go read. I am rooting for the ACLU here. Kick their asses, man. How can a center of learning do this kind of thing?

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One Response to Land of the What?

  1. Rich says:

    I believe that we should allow limits to free speech in schools. I think that the expression of opintions can get in the way of the educational mission of the school. I think the first admendment does not mean the freedom of press or speech anytime any where.
    All that being said this story is just amazing. The princible is way out of line here. I see no way anyone can come down on his side.