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“And Tango Makes Three”

Some believe it is legitimate to shield children and teenagers from information that is perceived to negatively affect that critical time of development. Time and time again, the efforts of artists and authors to incorporate controversial themes in works for … Continue reading

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Truely Free Speech Protects Kids From Bullying

This week, Stephanie Mencimer at MotherJones.com reported on horrifying cases of harassment and suicides in the Anoka-Hennepin schools  of Minnesota, in Rep. Michelle Bachman’s district. The article, published within days of a suit filed against the district by the Southern … Continue reading

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Hazelwood: A Student’s Perspective

Two years ago I sat upon the graduation stage to receive a diploma that would end my 13-year relationship with the public school I attended since kindergarten.  As a member of a class of 125 students, this day symbolized endless … Continue reading

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Future Social Media Policy (and policy)

In his article “The Challenge of Developing Effective Public Policy on the Use of Social Media,” John Palfrey, co-director of Harvard Law’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, discusses the problems that American youth face in the wake of increased online social … Continue reading

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Can They Do That? Saggy Pants Edition

Perhaps you heard that the Arkansas State Legislature has banned students from wearing “clothing that exposes underwear, buttocks, or the breast of a female” at all school-related functions. So: Can they do that? Fire up the Free Speech Wayback Machine … Continue reading

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Censorship and International Women’s Day

Today is the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day! Censorship is about who has permission to speak about what in public. Women, both as speakers and subject, have often been marginalized or stricken from the public sphere, and so we’d … Continue reading

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Announcing the 2010 YFEP film contest semifinalists!

This year we received more than 70 film contest submissions from youth all over the country in response to this year’s theme: “I’m All For Free Speech, BUT…” After viewing all the entries, we chose the top ten films — … Continue reading

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Avoiding Controversy in Rowlett (AKA: Censorship)

Listening to: La Vie Boheme On December 12, the Dallas Morning News reported that Rowlett High School had canceled a production of the musical Rent after protest from some parents in the community. According to the article, the school’s theatre … Continue reading

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RENT CANCELED

Rowlett High School (TX)  has canceled a scheduled production the musical, RENT: School Edition,  after controversy arose over the play’s content. the Dallas Morning News reports: After weeks of community debate and a packed school board meeting, the school’s theater … Continue reading

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Teens Discuss Gay Marriage

Shelbi Kepler – this year’s 2nd place film contest winner – takes on our challenge to one more video response to this dramatic election. Here’s her video on gay marriage:

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