Academic freedom Vs. Community Freedom

Essay by rashlockHigh School, 11th gradeA+, January 2003

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The aim of education is to cultivate the individual's capacities for mental growth and moral development; to help him acquire the intellectual and moral virtue necessary for a good human life." I agree with this quote from the Supreme court, that education, especially in public High schools, should prepare students for good life in the real-world society. Therefore, I affirm the resolution, which states, "When in conflict, academic freedom in U. S. high schools ought to be valued above community standards"

To clarify the resolution and the round, I offer the following definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary:

Academic Freedom-Liberty to teach, pursue, and discuss knowledge without restriction or interference, as by school or public officials.

Knowledge- the body of facts, etc. accumulated by mankind

Community- A group of people living in the same locality and under the same government

High school- A secondary school that usually includes grades 9 or 10 through 12 (generally ages 14-18)

Standards-A requirement of moral conduct

Society-A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.

Education-The knowledge or skill obtained or developed by a learning process.

My value for this round as that of the quality of the future. This is the most important value in this resolution because the purpose of education is simply to make better people, and a better society. Whichever side best provides for the quality of the future, provides the best and most successful education, and should therefore win the round.

To best achieve the greatest quality of the future, my value criterion for this round will be education. Whichever side best provides for the widest, broadest, most preparing education is the side which best upholds the quality of the future.

Contention 1:

By the age...