Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Fellow in the Humanities
2002—2003 Forum on The Book
College House Humanities Fellow (Stouffer)
THE RIGHTS OF TEENAGE EXPRESSION WITHIN THE AMERICAN HIGH SCHOOL
Over the course of the 20th century, the conception of student rights has changed dramatically. During the 1910s, philosopher John Dewey argued that in order to properly socialize teenagers into democratic citizens, a high school education should incorporate democratic institutions. As a result, many high schools across America began student councils and newspapers. However, students did not have administrative control over these institutions. A series of court rulings during the 1960s and 1970s granted students more power to express themselves within high schools. However, in the 1980s and 1990s, the tide had turned; school administrators were given editorial control over school student councils and student newspapers. For this project, Prasad will examine high school activities and observe how students communicate their thoughts and feelings to administrators and faculty.