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Feb 15, 2019 2019-02-15

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Virtual Exploration of a Historic Student Rights Case

Fifty years ago, the US Supreme Court ruled on a landmark student rights case, Tinker v. Des Moines. Teachers can use NewseumED’s resources to explore the importance of the court ruling, then and now. The case involved Mary Beth Tinker, her brother John, and Christopher Eckhardt, who had been punished for wearing black armbands to school in protest of the Vietnam War. It remains the leading K–12 First Amendment decision—the baseline for which the vast majority of public student free-expression cases are examined. Teachers and students can sign up for free virtual classes that explore how far First Amendment protections extend in public schools and why limits may be necessary. They can watch an hour-long webcast that NewseumED conducted with Tinker as student activism swelled following the deadly shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. They can view a video of members of NewseumED’s Student Advisory Team interviewing Tinker as part of a project with the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Orange County, California, and they can listen to what Tinker has to say about First Amendment freedoms in a six-minute podcast. A free NewseumEd account is required to access the resources.

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