Free Speech on America's K-12 and College Campuses

Free Speech on America's K-12 and College Campuses : Legal Cases from Barnette to Blaine

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Free Speech on America's K-12 and College Campuses: Legal Cases from Barnette to Blaine covers the history of legal cases involving free speech issues on K-12 and college campuses, mostly during the fifty-year period from 1965 through 2015. While this book deals mostly with high school and college newspapers, it also covers religious issues (school prayer, distribution of religious materials, and use of school facilities for voluntary Bible study), speech codes, free speech zones, self-censorship due to political correctness, hate speech, threats of disruption and violence, and off-campus speech, including social media. Randall W. Bobbitt provides a representative sampling of cases spread across the five decades and across the subject areas listed above. Recommended for scholars of communication, education, political science, and legal studies.
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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 150 x 222 x 22mm | 567g
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 1498547508
  • 9781498547505

Table of contents



Chapter 1 The Schoolhouse Gate

Chapter 2 High School Media

Chapter 3 College Media

Chapter 4 Religious Issues

Chapter 5 Speech Codes, Speech Zones, and
Political Incorrectness

Chapter 6 Disruption, Fighting Words, and
True Threats: Real and Imagined



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From 1943 to the present, the First Amendment rights of students from kindergarten to university have often been diminished by adminstrators' decisions. Dr. Bobbitt proves himself to be a highly knowledgeable and trustworthy guide through that contentious terrain. -- Bruce Swain, University of West Florida Randy Bobbitt provides a well-researched and comprehensive overview of legal cases affecting freedom of speech in K-12 and secondary schools. This book not only addresses the important points of law but also provides interesting anecdotes and personal details that make the cases come to life. -- Jim Foust, Bowling Green State University Free Speech on America's K-12 and College Campuses: Legal Cases from Barnette to Blaine is a thoughtful treatment of the state of free speech in America's education system. The book contains the requisite careful analyses of seminal First Amendment challenges to independent student journalism on high school and college campuses. However, its true selling point is the insightful discussion of free speech controversies over religious issues, dress codes, political correctness, and the like in kindergartens, elementary schools, and middle schools. That the book is well-researched is an understatement. The writing is both accessible and engaging. I highly recommend Free Speech on America's K-12 and College Campuses as a `must-read' for journalism students of all ages and media law scholars. -- Anita McDaniel, University of North Carolina at Wilmington
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About Randy Bobbitt

Randy Bobbitt is visiting lecturer at the University of West Florida.
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