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What you'll learn

Students learn how the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment apply in everyday life and in school. When are there limits and why? Focusing on the Supreme Court landmark case of Tinker v. Des Moines, learn how public schools must balance students' constitutional rights with the need to provide a safe learning environment.

Grade(s)
  • 6-12
Duration
30 minutes
Day(s) offered
Monday through Friday
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET
Cost

Free, with admission

Venue and Capacity
  • Learning Center (max 36)
  • Documentary Theater (max 100)
  • Virtual (no limit)
Minimum enrollment
12 participants
Enrollment type
Registration required

Classes at the Newseum: Classes must be requested at least one week in advance. Please be advised that your preferred date may not be available, so have at least two dates in mind. We recommend arriving at the Newseum at least than 15 minutes before your scheduled class time. 

This class requires a minimum of 12 students and a maximum of 36 students in the Learning Center classroom or 100 in the Documentary Theater. Groups larger than class capacity will be assigned staggered class times based on your group’s window of availability. 

Virtual classes: Virtual classes must be requested at least two weeks in advance. To request a free virtual class, please complete the virtual request form. All reservations are tentative pending confirmation of hardware and software capabilities. 

You can register by completing our online form
, calling 202/292-6650 or emailing educationprograms@newseum.org.

When a school fails to appear for its scheduled Newseum class, it prevents other schools from using that slot. Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

Assistance (e.g. ASL interpretation, assistive listening, description) for programs/tours can be arranged with at least seven business days’ notice. Please contact AccessUs at AccessUs@newseum.org or by calling 202/292-6453.

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