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Free Speech Questions

There's more than one right answer.

  • Should the right to speech be absolute?
  • Can people be trusted to handle an unlimited range of information and ideas without any government intervention?
  • If not, where should the lines be drawn?
  • Should political speech be more rigorously protected than other forms of expression?
  • Have new technologies changed the way any of these questions should be answered?
  • Should students possess the same First Amendment rights as adults?
  • Is learning best advanced by restricting or not restricting student speech?
  • Have the courts provided schools and students with a useful set of guidelines for identifying the limits of student speech rights?
  • Is the "clear and present danger test" a useful tool in sorting out protected from unprotected speech?
  • Do you agree with the decision in Brandenburg v. Ohio?
  • Is the "bad tendency test" a useful and/or legitimate tool in sorting out protected from unprotected speech?
  • Should pornography be protected?
  • Is the Court's distinction between private possession and commercial production and distribution legitimate?
  • Is the definition of obscenity provided by the Miller decision appropriate? Does this definition provide a workable tool for judges and juries?

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