Author: Debbie Rabina

  • Is academic freedom a constitutional right?

    Academic freedom is a treasured ideal in universities and is protected to allow free exercise and expression of ideas necessary to support the creation of new knowledge. Some view academic freedom as a form of speech and as such, cannot be limited by government, or more narrowly, in any publicly funded university. Another view is that academic freedom is an employment benefit, it is a mechanism that allows university professors to do their job but does not warrant constitutional protection.

  • See something, say something? Not when the boss is Uncle Sam

    As Americans we have a right to freely express our opinion, the government can not interfere with our right to do so, and must protect our rights if they are expressed within the framework of The First Amendment. When we see something, we are encouraged to say something, and this “something” often has to do […]

  • Welcome to the library. Is your speech protected here?

    The First Amendment protects us from government interference in our speech in a public space. The means that when we are in a public place, such as a park, we can express our opinions freely and the government can’t tell us what to say or what kind of information we need in order to form […]

  • Kids say the darndest things! Can they say them in school?

    The First Amendment protection extends to various forms of speech, including written communication, oral communication, and expressing opinions through attire. While these protections are unquestionable for adults, our younger citizens are not always able to exercise their First Amendment rights. The Supreme Courts has offered different levels of protection to the speech of minors in […]