On June 26, 2018 Shaina Chen, an Asian American student from California wrote for the New York Post an article about her own personal experience with free speech in her school. She talked about realizing how important the debates for learning about real life are. And she was totally right, because providing free speech to students should be an obligation of every single school in the world, in order to prepare the teenagers for the world outside the classes.
But, why is free speech that important? In the first place, as Shaina explains in her article ,free speech makes students realize that there are millions of different opinions for only one topic. And the existence of diversity of opinions takes us to our second point.
If a student thinks that what he believes is what everyone should believe, he won’t be able to accept an opinion that confronts his. Because of that, he won’t respect other people’s opinions and probably he will have problems for it. Providing free speech will solve this issue and students will learn to respect every person’s opinion even when they think that it isn’t correct.
Finally, free speech also helps students to develop a stronger opinion. If students are not allowed to say what they believe and the school provides an opinion that they should follow without questions, we will be educating machines and not humans. That’s why debating and arguing can help students to change their mind for a better opinion or create a stronger one.
In conclusion, free speech is a right that must be allowed in the schools because it helps students to grow as respectful people.
Nowadays, society is getting more tolerant than 50 years before, and 50 years ago society was more tolerant than 100 years before. This tolerance comes from diversity and acceptance. It promotes respect between each other, no matter their gender, their race, or even their opinion, that’s the reason why this type of acceptance should be taught in schools.
In the first place, racial diversity is one of the main things that students should accept whenever going to any place, as well as in their own school. That way, they’ll learn how to be ethically correct accepting equality between people.
On the other side, opinion diversity, which includes freedom of speech, as Shaina Chen said, prepares students for their future, because that way they learn that not always their opinion will be the best one, if it will be the popular opinion, or just if it is correct or not. Also, they’ll know how to defend themselves when having this sort of problems.
In summary, these values should be shown in schools to children from the beginning of their lives, to prepare them for the future society and teach them morally, accepting and respecting each other.
Shaina Chen doesn’t understand the students. Nowadays, at schools and universities freedom of speech is very important but this freedom should have some speech codes to prevent conflicts. Because protecting students is very important for them and their education.
Firstly, protecting students is very significant because education is obviously something good for them and also for their development as a person. And in the universities and schools freedom of speech is a very general term, and may include hate speech or offensive language. That’s something intolerable for students and their education.
Also, protecting students is important because education promotes human rights, and sometimes with certain opinions and kind of speech, people put them at risk, because it can be considered as an attack. And all people are equal and have the same rights, and that’s indispensable.
On the other hand, schools and universities have to protect students about some speech because that can prepare them for their future. Because with this protection students would also learn about what is considered as good or bad in their speech. And that would probably help them to think and speak.
In conclusion, schools and universities have to protect students because that is something fundamental in their academic life and their future. Don’t you think the same?