In the recent 5-4 Supreme Court decision banning speech “promoting illegal drug use” at American public schools, Justice Clarence Thomas, in his concurring opinion, outlines the sad decline and fall of American public education. Read it here.
Would this even be a question if schools were not publicly controlled? Principals, via the power granted to them by parents, would have the authority to return the three “D’s” to education – decorum, decency and diligence. Thomas correctly points out that this is a bigger issue than a simple free speech question, it is about the substitution of courts and regulations in place of parents and the principals’ offices.