Freedom Of Speech In The Classroom Analysis

The U.S Constitution grants an American Citizen the Constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression, but there are certain groups of citizens that are being denied their right to freedom of speech and expression. Teachers in the United States are being denied their First Amendment right to freedom of speech and expression by limiting on how they express their views on education, limits on what they can put on blogs or letters, and limiting on how they might use social media. Teachers have their own opinions about how a classroom should be taught, either by giving a lecture, a hands on activity or connecting a material with the real world. There are some teachers who use controversial techniques to teach a material in the classroom, …show more content…
(Holley n. pag.). Not only posters, but teachers are deprived of their freedom of speech when they write blogs on their social media. In 2009, english teacher Natalie Munroe mostly wrote about her personal life on her blogs. Sometimes, she also wrote about her students, usually complaining about them and calling some “selfish brats”, “rat-like” and many more (Holley n. pag.). Her contract was terminated (Holley n. pag.). Teachers who wrote their opinion about certain school actions were also denied their rights. Marvin Pickering a high school teacher’s contract was terminated after he wrote an article to the local newspaper complaining how school was spending more on athletics and less on academic materials (Vasek, Hendricks, 2.). Teacher’s rights are protected outside the classroom like any other person and can do their personal interests, they can post non-school and non-students related posts on social media, including …show more content…
His account was checked by the school counselor after receiving complaints from students, during the check school counselor found many of the items to be disturbing and immediately asked Spanierman to deactivate the Myspace account. Spanierman eventually deleted the account, but just few days later, he created another Myspace account called "apollo68." when the 2nd account was found and checked by the school officials, they found the “apollo68” consisted of similar friends list and a very similar type of conversation as Spanierman 's "Mr. Spiderman" account (Spanierman 5). The school board did not renew his contract for next year because they believed that it would disrupt the learning environment for students, and he had exercised poor judgment as a teacher (Spanierman 37). He filed a court case against the school board claiming that his his 1st and 14th amendment had been violated (Spanierman , 1). Court ruled against Spanierman, they stated that Spanierman was not forced to create and use the Myspace by the school, he was using the account as a mean of personal use and creative writing and it had nothing related to do with the school or as an educational tool (Spanierman 31). U.S teachers are being denied to their First Amendment right by limiting their views on education, limiting their

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