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What you'll learn

Students discover how the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment apply in everyday life and in school. When are there limits and why? The landmark Supreme Court case of Tinker v. Des Moines serves as a basis to discuss how public school officials must balance a student's right to free expression with the need to provide a safe learning environment. Students then discuss and debate other real-life court cases.

  • 7-12
  • College/University
50 minutes
Day(s) offered
Time(s) offered
9 a.m.–4 p.m. ET


Venue and Capacity
  • Virtual (no limit)
Minimum enrollment
10 participants

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

Please notify us at least one week in advance if you must cancel your reservation.

  • Pre- and Post-Visit Lesson Plans
  • You Can't Say That in School Handouts

To request a large print or Braille version, call 202.292.6650.

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