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ENC1102 - Topic Guide - BC Online

About Student Rights

"The Supreme Court introduced a new era in public education in the United States in 1969 by declaring that students do not shed their constitutional rights at the schoolhouse gate.” (CQ Researcher)

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  • Should schools interfere with student speech off campus?
  • Should religious expression in schools be prohibited?
  • Is drug testing useful in schools? What kinds of different issues does student drug testing raise that employee drug testing does not? What issues do the practices have in common?
  • Should students be allowed to express their political views freely in public school, as the 1969 Supreme Court case Tinker v. Des Moines asserted?
  • Should public schools be less about political opinions and more about the teaching of facts?
  • Do you think that corporal punishment should be allowed in public schools? If so, how should it be administered? If you do not think so, explain your reasoning.
  • Should schools be allowed to issue students IDs with technology that allows school officials to monitor students' movements around the campus?

First Amendment

Student drug use 

Pottawatomie County v. Earls 

School drug testing

Tinker v. Des Moines

Corporal punishment

Student privacy rights 

Columbine High School 

School surveillance 

Topic Pages

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This topic page givea:

  • a topic overview
  • viewpoint essays (pros and cons)
  • academic journal articles
  • statistics
  • primary sources
  • video and audio

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These reports include:

  • an introductory overview
  • pro/con debates
  • background information
  • chronology on the topic
  • an assessment of the current situation
  • tables and maps
  • bibliography of key sources

Library Resources

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