Community Standards Vs. Academic freedom

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

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The basic idea behind teaching is to teach people what they need to know." Because I agree with Carl Rogers, I must negate the resolution that When in conflict, academic freedom in U.S. high schools ought to be valued above community standards.

My core value for today's round shall be DemocraticSocial Order - the maintenance of social order in a representative democracy. In order for this value to be upheld, the criterion of democracy must be upheld - power must be exercised by the people through majority rule and a system of indirect representation, and the criterion of social order must be upheld - the community must be in a state of peace and be free from disruption or upheaval. Community standards represent principles - such as family life, community service and charity, or individuality and an entrepreneurial spirit - generally shared by the people in the area of the high school that can be important enough to pass on to people's children.

It is values such as these that lead to a productive, unbroken, and orderly livelihood, and this is why in order for the criterion of social order to be upheld, the sub-criterion of community standards must be upheld.

Another term that I would like to define that is key to this round is academic freedom. In an academy or U.S. high school there are two relevant types of people - teachers and students, thus the term "academic freedom" refers to the freedom of both students and teachers. It is a student's liberty to explore ideas - to learn about them, to talk about them, and to write about them; it is also a teacher's liberty to teach ideas.

My first contention is that affirming the resolution subverts community values at the very best, and allows students...