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The paper looks at past Supreme Court cases that have sought to clarify how teachers can keep control of classrooms without infringing upon their students' civil rights. The paper discusses how students' rights in the classroom are still violated in terms of dress codes and expulsions from school in order to demonstrate how balancing students' rights with classroom management is difficult.
From the Paper:"Administering a classroom can be one of the most difficult tasks that a person ever attempts to undertake. Teachers and administrators of public and private schools that cater to all levels and ages of children must be able to enforce a fun, safe, and productive classroom through being able to act out of authority and control what happens in their classroom. However, American students are no less American when they walk into the classroom, and the rights that the constitution has guaranteed to all U.S. Citizens apply to students as well. This means that students not only have the right to receive an education that is equal to that of their peers, but that they also have the right to express themselves in a classroom environment, in addition to practicing their religions in an unthreatening manner. As can be expected, the expression of such rights can often be counterproductive to the classroom situation. Students who exercise their free speech by screaming during lessons or telling students of certain backgrounds that their points of view do not matter, in addition to students who loudly pray during class, who make a show of leaving the classroom for religious reasons, or who attempt to coerce other students into practicing their religions can be quite distracting and threatening to the safe, effective classroom environment."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Mitchell, H.W. & Knechtle, J.C. (2003, Fall). Uniforms in Public Schools and the First Amendment: A Constitutional Analysis. Retrieved 27 Aug., from Find Articles: http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3626/is_200310/ai_n9248747/
- "U.S. Constitution." (2009). Retrieved Aug. 27, 2009, from U.S. Constitution Online: http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#Am1
- U.S. Courts. (n.d.). Landmark Supreme Court Cases Involving Students. Retrieved Aug. 27, 2009, from The Federal Judiciary: http://www.uscourts.gov/outreach/resources/landmark_studentcases.htm
Cite this Term Paper:
U.S. Citizens and their Rights in the Classroom (2012, January 24) Retrieved March 31, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/term-paper/us-citizens-and-their-rights-in-the-classroom-150081/
"U.S. Citizens and their Rights in the Classroom" 24 January 2012. Web. 31 March. 2020. <https://www.academon.com/term-paper/us-citizens-and-their-rights-in-the-classroom-150081/>