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Gallia-Vinton ESC News Article

First Amendment Rights of Teachers

Dr Ron Morris and Dr Denise ShockleyDr. Denise Shockley and Dr. Ronald Morris were honored to have their article, “Professional Responsibility, Opinion, and High School Government Teachers Practicing the First Amendment in Their Community,” selected for publication in The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin: International Journal for Professional Educators. The article describes their research with high school government teachers concerning their classroom practices when discussing controversial topics. While public school teachers have a right to free speech and personal opinions, they also have a responsibility to educate students to think critically and discuss issues respectfully. Students, parents, and social media bring controversial issues to the schools, and teachers must be prepared to face them with both fairness and professionalism.  Check out their article here.  

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