Speechless: The Suppression of Student Voices
In Nebraska, some high school students have been told not to discuss politics or elections and have been denied their annual spring play because historical facts in the play were considered “uncomfortable”. Teachers and administrators have been suspended and removed from their jobs for attempting to protect the constitutional rights of their students. Some of our neighboring states have addressed concerns about suppression of student voices through passage of “student expression” laws that outline the rights and responsibilities of student civic participation in schools. A similar law is being proposed for Nebraska in 2010. Why do we need this bill? What does it look like? How does it affect libraries? And what will it do to promote intellectual freedom? Find out when you attend, and you will not go away speechless.