Longtime former teacher in Florida public schools with a passionate commitment to preserving First Amendment freedoms for teachers, students, and citizens in general
My Ideal School is a Place Where:
civic courage, critical literacy, and social imagination are nurtured and rewarded
My Political Views:
My Favorite Freedom:
My Personal Heroes:
Mary Beth Tinker, MLK, Toni Morrison
At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom
Be it grand or slender, burrowing, blasting, or refusing to sanctify, whether it laughs out loud or is a cry without an alphabet, the choice word or the chosen silence, unmolested language surges toward knowledge, not its destruction. But who does not know of literature that is banned because it is interrogative; discredited because it is critical; erased because alternative? And how many are outraged by the thought of a self-ravaged tongue?
. . . We die. That may be the meaning of life. But we do language. That may be the measure of our lives.
~Toni Morrison, Nobel lecture
Hi Gloria and welcome to The Five Freedoms Network!
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I just learned that Heather Gillman, a high school student in rural northwest Florida, will receive the National Council of Teachers of English's Intellectual Freedom award at NCTE's fall conference in San Antonio. With support from the ACLU of Florida, Heather sued her school district in federal district court after her principal banned any expression of support for gay and lesbian students--and won.
You can read an account of the case at the web site of the Student Press Law Center: http://tinyurl.com/6j7g2w
Heather was nominated for the IF award by the Commission on Intellectual Freedom of the Florida Council of Teachers of English, which I co-chair.
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