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For those who support prior review…

Posted by on Oct 25, 2009 in Blog, Law and Ethics, News, Scholastic Journalism, Teaching | 0 comments


… When will it end?

At least three more recent situations should make one think about the educational validity of prior review:

• One, in Missouri, concerns a story on tattoos. It also led to students changing the content of their paper.

• The second, in Ohio, concerns an obituary and photo. According to the Student Press Law Center, the principal said she knew it was censorship and did not care.

• The third concerns a principal changing quotes while reviewing. Hopefully, we will have more information on this soon.

Of course, some of these don’t involve just review. Review leads to restraint, without consideration of the education implications.

When will it end?

When we agree it has no educational value and convince our various communities to no longer support its use.

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