Mini Poll: Face(Book) Up To The First Amendment


Do you agree with the legal principle expressed in Tinker v. Des Moines (1969) that students "do not shed their rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school house gate"?


Yes:
 81%
No:
 19%

 


Have you ever been punished at school for something you said or wrote?


Yes:
 37%
No:
 63%

 


If you were a student today, with which controversial free speech issue would you align yourself? [MULTIPLE RESPONSES WERE ACCEPTED]


The right to pray:
 40%
The right to talk about drug use:
 42%
The right to express oneself through clothing:
 33%
The right to express oneself with hair style/color:
 44%
The right to write about a classmate on a blog or social networking site:
 25%
The right to "friend" a teacher on Facebook:
 46%
The right to have access to books banned from classrooms and libraries by the school board:
 83%

 


Do you think that student newspapers should have the unrestricted right to publish material critical of school administrations?


Yes:
 57%
No:
 43%

 


Does your answer to the previous question about student newspapers change depending on whether we are talking about college or high school student journalists?


Yes:
 30%
No:
 70%

 


Should students' clothing be subject to review for the words or images printed on them?


Yes:
 85%
No:
 15%

 


Do you agree with the US Supreme Court decision that schools may prohibit student expression that can be interpreted as advocating drug use?


Yes:
 69%
No:
 31%

 


Do you believe that the phrase at the center of the recent US Supreme Court decision -- "Bong Hits For Jesus" -- was a statement advocating drug use?


Yes:
 59%
No:
 41%

 


If it were up to you, which of the following would you most prefer to decide how much speech is or is not free in schools?


God:
 3%
Congress:
 3%
Missouri General Assembly:
 2%
The US Supreme Court:
 24%
The local school board:
 19%
Each school's principal:
 6%
Parents:
 7%
Me:
 8%
All speech should be free:
 28%

 


Should teachers' speech be held to a stricter standard than their students'?


Yes:
 61%
No:
 39%

 


Which of the following movies would you most object to a teacher showing high school students during school hours?


American Pie:
 45%
An Inconvenient Truth:
 9%
Brokeback Mountain:
 21%
Ethiopia: Tesfay Alem:
 1%
Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
 15%
Waiting for "Superman":
 9%

 


When you were in school, which of the following controversial statements would most likely have gotten you in trouble?


"Mozart is a hottie.":
 8%
"That Elvis sure can wiggle.":
 15%
"I kissed a girl. And I liked it.":
 30%
"I'd love to be the fifth Beatle.":
 11%
"John Travolta has no business wearing white.":
 13%
"I prefer Backstreet Boys over N*Sync":
 12%
"The redcoats are coming.":
 12%

 


Do private schools have a stronger right to limit student speech than do public schools?


Yes:
 68%
No:
 32%

 


Do you believe that high-achieving public school students, such as valedictorians, should be allowed to pray or quote religious doctrine in their speeches?


Yes:
 65%
No:
 35%

 


Should high schools be able to discipline their students for the students' behavior at non-school related activities off campus?


Yes:
 21%
No:
 79%

 


Should colleges be able to discipline their students for the students' behavior at non-school related activities off campus?


Yes:
 19%
No:
 81%

 


Should students' personal Facebook pages be subject to the same rules as classroom speech is?


Yes:
 23%
No:
 77%

 


Should parents be able to close their own children’s social media accounts?


Yes:
 89%
No:
 11%

 


Note: Due to rounding, results for some questions may not total 100%.