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When schools take free speech seriously, so do students

That's what Randy Swikle learned during his 25 years at Johnsburg High School. Sure, free speech is risky, but when a school builds a culture of trust, students show time and again that they'll live up to their responsibilities. It's a lesson to remember as Free Speech Week draws to a close.
By Randy Swikle, IJEA Board Member October 23, 2015
That's what Randy Swikle learned during his 25 years at Johnsburg High School. Sure, free speech is risky, but when a school builds a culture of trust, students show time and again that they'll live up to the responsibilities they're given.
Who better to celebrate Free Speech Week than journalism teachers and advisers?

Who better to celebrate Free Speech Week than journalism teachers and advisers?

Student media is where young people learn firsthand the true power of free expression. And thanks to their high school media advisers, many students will join the adult world thinking critically, with strength and passion.
By Sally Renaud, IJEA Executive Director October 21, 2015
Thanks to their time in student media, many young people learn firsthand the true power of free expression: how to communicate with strength, passion and logical rigor.
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