• Dear Jessica,
    I am enlightened by your post, because you addressed issues I considered to be minor. Like the negative effect it may have on teachers. I was quick to overlook it.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is “When you think of giving students freedom, you don’t think about the negative consequences it could have on the t…[Read more]

  • Dear Amber,
    I am glad I read your post. I side with “schools should be allowed to limit students’ online speech” but I wanted to gain some insight on the opposing side. You made some great points; but I had some trouble understanding your slang claim to the rest of your paragraph (par. 4).

    On the other hand, one statement you wrote that stood…[Read more]

  • As Americans we think we can state whatever we want because of the rights granted to us. But where is the line drawn? We have reached a point in time in which technology has became the voice of students.

    • Evelyn, you have made a very compelling argument about why schools should be able to restrict students’ speech on line. I particularly like when you say, “Cyberbullying is a reality, but in many cases like those previously mentioned, it could be prevented by students’ online speeches being limited.” Using statistics to show how prevalent cyberbullying is in American is a great way to support your claim and convince your audience. I also liked when you used a specific court case to back up your ideas. You might like this article on the extent to which free speech can be limited in schools currently: https://theconversation.com/what-are-the-limits-to-free-speech-in-schools-49545. Overall, I enjoyed your post and I think you provide a convincing argument.

    • Evelyn, I really enjoyed reading your argumentative essay. I think you brought up some great points about how cyber bullying is a real issue today and how it can affect a large spectrum of people. I think it is also important to keep in mind that not all online speech is bad. It can be used to bring people together, to set up meet-ups, raise awareness, etc. Which is why I also liked how you mentioned at the end “But when that right is used to promote hate, harass others, or even invade privacy, it should not be allowed.” You also strengthened your argument by using specific court cases and statistics that you found. Here is a site that talks about the extent to which schools should limit free speech: https://www.americamagazine.org/politics-society/2017/05/26/schools-have-right-limit-free-speech-how-much-should-they. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and research.

    • Evelyn, you made a very compelling argument and I enjoyed seeing your point of view on this subject. You made great points about how students have the right to exercise their first amendment right when it is not for hate or harassment. I specifically liked your inclusion of the court case and when you said “This proves that harassment can be enhanced and used to promote hate, which should not be allowed.” Bringing in specific statistics and how teachers are also affected by this was interesting as well. I also found this article that you might be interested in https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-speech/student-speech-and-privacy/some-schools-need-lesson-students-free-speech-rights. Thank you for sharing!

    • Evelyn, your argument was well stated. You gave strong evidence to back up your claim about why schools should be able to limit students’ speech online. I enjoyed your counterargument, because it shows that you’ve considered both sides and made a rational choice based on evidence. My favorite part was when you said, “Cyberbullying is a reality, but in many cases like those previously mentioned, it could be prevented by students’ online speeches being limited.” This was a strong way to finish off your counterargument. I found this article on online speech that you might be interested in: https://www.freedomforuminstitute.org/first-amendment-center/topics/freedom-of-speech-2/k-12-public-school-student-expression/cyberspeech/. Thank you for sharing your opinion on this topic!

  • Evelyn posted an update 5 months ago

    As Americans we think we can state whatever we want because of the rights granted to us. But where is the line drawn? We have reached a point in time in which technology has became the voice of students. Specifically, media platforms are where students express themselves the most. This has generated great debate among policymakers who are…[Read more]

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  • Evelyn became a registered member 5 months, 4 weeks ago

  • Dear Kalani,

    I am moved by your post because it is so courageous of you to address such a horrid topic. Prostitution and sex trafficking is a major issue the United States faces. After reading your post, I feel further informed and aware of dangers.

    One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: ” But for men it’s a business because they g…[Read more]

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