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ERIC Number: EJ1228605
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Has Student Voice Been Eliminated? A Consideration of Student Activism Post-Parkland
Geis, Paul J.
Philosophical Studies in Education, v50 p82-93 2019
David Blacker points to a problematic decline in personal freedoms, including student speech rights: "[A]s the 'educational mission' of schools moves ineluctably even further toward warehousing and surveillance--pre-jail--then remaining intra-institutional speech rights will easily be quashed." Critical of the elastic conception of educational mission as put forth in "Morse v. Frederick," he warns that matters of school safety will take precedence over student speech rights, especially in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012, and earlier and future school shootings. In the wake of yet another mass school shooting, Paul Geis examines whether Blacker was correct to sound the alarm about an elimination of student voice. Similar to Kathleen Knight Abowitz and Dan Mamlok's recent article on political emotion in civic education, Geis uses the post-Parkland context to bring concepts from philosophy of education to bear on real contemporary events in schools. He turns to Sarah Stitzlein and Bryan Warnick to analyze student and school responses. Drawing on their ideas on democratic habits and student free speech respectively, Geis explores whether the actions of students and school administrators substantiated Blacker's pessimistic concerns for the elimination of student voice, or whether signs of hope for democracy emerged post-Parkland.
Descriptors: Student Participation, Activism, Student Rights, Freedom of Speech, Democratic Values, School Safety, Violence, Weapons, Civil Rights, Cooperation
Ohio Valley Philosophy of Education Society. Web site: http://ovpes.org/?page_id=51
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois (Chicago); Florida