Philipines Experience typhoon

October 14, 2009 at 3:40 pm (English Classes)

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Kuhlmeir vs. Hazelwood school district

October 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm (English Classes)

The U.S. Supreme Court held for the first time that public school officials may impose some limits on what appears in school-sponsored student publications.

The high school paper was published as part of a journalism class. The principal at Hazelwood usually reviewed the school paper before it was published, and in this case he deleted two pages that had been written for the next edition of the school paper.

One of the deleted articles covered the issue of student/teen pregnancy and included interviews with three students who had become pregnant while attending school. (There was also an article about several students whose parents had been divorced, however the students’ names were not disclosed in the article.) To keep the students’ identity secret, the staff used pseudonyms instead of the students’ names. The principal said he felt the anonymity of the students was not sufficiently protected and that the girls’ discussion of their use or non-use of birth control was inappropriate for some of the younger students.

The First Amendment’s freedom of speech protections were not violated by the school district because the First Amendment protection for student expression described in Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, 393 U.S. 503 (1969), does not compel a public school to affirmatively sponsor speech that conflicts with its “legitimate pedagogical goals.” The school-financed newspaper at issue was also not considered to be a public forum under the totality of circumstances present in the case, and therefore, its editors were entitled to a lower level of First Amendment protection than is applicable to independent student newspapers or those newspapers that have, by policy and practice, opened their pages to student opinion.

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Tinker vs. Des Moines

October 14, 2009 at 3:27 pm (English Classes)

Petitioner John F. Tinker, 15 years old, and petitioner Christopher Eckhardt, 16 years old, attended high schools in Des Moines, Iowa. Petitioner Mary Beth Tinker, John’s sister, was a 13-year-old student in junior high school.

In December 1965, a group of adults and students in Des Moines held a meeting at the Eckhardt home. The group determined to publicize their objections to the hostilities in Vietnam and their support for a truce by wearing black armbands during the holiday season and by fasting on December 16 and New Year’s Eve. Petitioners and their parents had previously engaged in similar activities, and they decided to participate in the program.

The principals of the Des Moines schools became aware of the plan to wear armbands. On December 14, 1965, they met and adopted a policy that any student wearing an armband to school would be asked to remove it, and if he refused he would be suspended until he returned without the armband. Petitioners were aware of the regulation that the school authorities adopted.

On December 16, Mary Beth and Christopher wore black armbands to their schools. John Tinker wore his armband the next day. They were all sent home and suspended from school until they would come back without their armbands. They did not return to school until after the planned period for wearing armbands had expired–that is, until after New Year’s Day.

This complaint was filed in the United States District Court by petitioners, through their fathers, under § 1983 of Title 42 of the United States Code. It prayed for an injunction restraining the respondent school officials and the respondent members of the board of directors of the school district from disciplining the petitioners, and it sought nominal damages. After an evidentiary hearing the District Court dismissed the complaint. It upheld [505] the constitutionality of the school authorities’ action on the ground that it was reasonable in order to prevent disturbance of school discipline. 258 F.Supp. 971 (1966).

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Artemis Fowl; Choice Book Series

October 9, 2009 at 5:09 pm (English Classes)

artemis-graphicThis is my favorite book series which is about a criminal masstermind genious who is only12 years old starting out. he successfully pulls of a robbery of fairy gold from the magical world and is still contiplating schemes to further his wealth and power.

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Lens

October 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm (English Classes)

Lens is a photojournalism blog section of the NY times. They present the finest and most interesting visual and multimedia reporting — photographs, videos and slide shows. A showcase for Times photographers, it also seeks to highlight the best work of other newspapers, magazines and news and picture agencies. but it mainly presents these in print, in books, in museums, and on the web.
http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/

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October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm (English Classes)

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October 8, 2009 at 3:51 pm (English Classes)

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October 8, 2009 at 3:32 pm (English Classes)

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October 8, 2009 at 3:26 pm (English Classes)

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Anime

October 8, 2009 at 3:19 pm (My post)

To me its a form of artwork in which people can express themselves in a form of an alternate world. There are tons of people who enjoy anime and the excitement it dishes out. I to am an anime lover but the main question a lot of people ask me is “What is your favorite type of anime?” My favorite “Type” would be the action/old style sword-fighting type, but my favorite Series is Bleach.

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