ERIC Number: ED192458
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Intellectual Freedom in the Public Schools: An Assessment of "Tinker" and Its Progeny, 1969-1979.
Sorenson, Gail Paulus
In 1969, in "Tinker v. Des Moines," the Supreme Court declared that both students and teachers were entitled to exercise their constitutional rights while in school. The purpose of this dissertation was to discover whether the propositions and the philosophy of "Tinker" have been used by state and federal courts to support intellectual freedom in the schools. The first two chapters survey various interpretations of the purpose and importance of free speech and examine the importance of intellectual freedom for education in a democratic society. Against this background, cases involving issues of intellectual freedom for teachers and students in public schools are then analyzed. Consideration is given to how the courts have balanced the preferred right of free speech with the unique needs and purposes of public schools. It is concluded that the major importance of the Tinker case has been its recognition and reassertion of a philosophy that respects children's individuality and uniqueness. Judging from the relevant cases reported between 1969 and 1979, the degree of support that intellectual freedom has been given by the courts does not appear outstanding. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations; Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Intellectual Freedom; Teacher Rights; Tinker v Des Moines Independent School District
Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Massachusetts.