Volume 107
Issue 2
Jan. '19

Inculcating Suppression

Written By: Amanda Harmon Cooley


This Article posits that the increase in student suppression of speech at colleges and universities is a product of the distorted democratic-values inculcation to which students have been exposed via state disciplinary censorship and student speech-suppressive pedagogy in primary and secondary schools, resulting from the devolution of the Supreme Court’s student speech jurisprudence. Although the Court has consistently identified democratic- values inculcation as a core mission of public schools, its current student speech jurisprudence twists the true meaning of this inculcation by identifying student speech suppression as a democratic value. Following this judicial endorsement, American K–12 schools have increasingly infringed upon the First Amendment rights of students.

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