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Hayes, Sonya D.; Burkett, Jerry R. – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2018
Monica Williams, a beloved counselor of an urban middle school, is shocked to learn that she is being terminated for a comment she made on Facebook. This case was developed for use in an educational leadership course for students to evaluate an educator's right to freedom of speech in relation to social media. Instructors can use the case to…
Descriptors: Social Media, Constitutional Law, Urban Schools, Middle Schools
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Reynolds, Cristin Lee; Platt, R. Eric; Malone Schaffer, Lenore; Foster, Holly – Journal of Cases in Educational Leadership, 2017
This case is for use in graduate courses pertaining to student affairs and higher education administration. It presents challenges higher education professionals face concerning anonymous social media, and specifically how threats made through anonymous social media platforms such as Yik Yak affect the entire university community. The anonymity of…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, College Administration, Student Personnel Workers, Social Media
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Johnson, Corey W. – Schole: A Journal of Leisure Studies and Recreation Education, 2015
This four-day learning activity on the controversy of exclusion of gays and subsequently atheists in Boy Scouting is particularly relevant because it highlights the complexities that surround issues of equality, equity, the provision of leisure services, First Amendment rights, and the implications of court decisions on social justice. This lesson…
Descriptors: Debate, Inclusion, Simulation, Recreational Activities
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Simpson, Michael D. – Social Education, 2010
Social studies and history teachers should be free to expose students to controversial ideas and to teach critical thinking skills. But are they free? Do they have the constitutional right--call it academic freedom--to teach what they want and to discuss controversial issues in the classroom? The short answer is "no." In this article,…
Descriptors: Controversial Issues (Course Content), Academic Freedom, Constitutional Law, Thinking Skills
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Lee, Konrad S.; Thue, Matthew I.; Oldham, Jared; Stephenson, Tara N. – Journal of Legal Studies Education, 2009
This article provides a tool to help instructors introduce students to the intersection of blogging and employment law. Section II provides source materials on the subject. Specifically, it presents a summary overview of: (1) the development of blogging and other forms of online user generated content; (2) the legality of terminating an at-will…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Internet, Employment
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West, Natalie – Social Education, 2009
The First Amendment's guarantee of an independent press that may freely collect and disseminate news is often considered the bedrock of American democracy. Yet more than a century and a half after the "New York Herald's" John Nugent became the first American reporter jailed for refusing to identify a confidential source, reporters…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Confidentiality, Democratic Values, Intellectual History
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Lewy, Southey; Betty, Stafford – International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 2007
Very few elementary public school teachers in the United States expose their students to religion and spirituality in an in-depth way. Even when they have the necessary knowledge base, they shy away from so dangerous an enterprise. They might fear provoking a challenge from parents who are irreligious and are shocked to find religion being…
Descriptors: Public School Teachers, Religion, Religious Factors, Fear
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Bishop, Penny A.; Nash, Robert J. – Middle School Journal (J3), 2007
Talking about religion in public middle schools has moved from taboo to necessity during the past few years. Although some middle schoolers hold knowledge of their own religion, most remain uninformed about any of the world's religions, including, for many, their own. The purpose of this article is to make the case for religious literacy--the…
Descriptors: Constitutional Law, Religion, Middle School Students, Religious Education
Muir, Mike – Education Partnerships, Inc., 2005
Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish parochial schools have always had religious studies as part of their curriculum, but there has been the question about whether public schools can also. "In 1962 two U.S. Supreme Court cases (Abington School District vs. Schempp and Engle vs. Vitale) prohibited the practice of Bible reading in public schools.…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Public Schools, Religion, Religious Education
Zirkel, Perry A. – Phi Delta Kappan, 2004
In this month's Courtside, the author will stray somewhat from his usual format of describing a single case. Instead, he will be presenting the details of two separate cases, both of which involve similar circumstances, rely on similar legal arguments, and have similar outcomes. Most important, both appear to carry the same lesson. The lessons…
Descriptors: Freedom of Speech, Civil Rights, Court Litigation, Secondary School Teachers
O'Reilly, Robert C.; Fellman, Beverly B. – 1984
News reports issued during the 60 days the Nebraska Legislature was in session between January 4, 1984, and April 9, 1984, and pertinent bills considered by the legislature during that period are the main sources used in this examination of the effort to resolve a conflict between the regulations of the Nebraska State Department of Education and…
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education
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Heins, Marjorie – Academe, 1998
A 1998 court decision ruled that a recent Virginia law requiring official approval for state employees to put materials with "sexually explicit content" on the Internet was unconstitutional. However, the extent to which the First Amendment will protect academic freedom in cyberspace in this case and for other issues is not clear. (MSE)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, College Faculty, Constitutional Law, Court Litigation
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Bonventre, Vincent Martin – Update on Law-Related Education, 1993
Asserts that the development of religious liberty in the United States can be used to view the nation's history. Reviews significant events and issues related to religious liberty from colonial times to the present. Concludes that the struggle between individual liberty and government authority will continue to link religion and history. (CFR)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Democratic Values, Elementary Secondary Education, Law Related Education
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Weber, Lee – Social Studies, 1993
Asserts that before civics/government teachers teach about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, students should be introduced to the religious and philosophical background of religions freedom in the United States. Identifies issues and historical documents that provide the foundation. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Civics, Constitutional History, Course Content
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Guiness, Os – Social Education, 1990
Examines the current relationship between religious liberty and U.S. democracy. Presents a proposal to reforge the U.S. public philosophy according to the notion of chartered pluralism that celebrates the diversity embodied in the First Amendment. Ties this to the conflict between communitarianism and libertarianism. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Cultural Pluralism, Culture Conflict, Democratic Values
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