FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest

January 1, 2015
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For high school juniors and seniors

In high school other people control you, in college you're free; or so most students believe. FIRE's Freedom in Academia Essay Contest asks you to think about why free speech is important in college. They also address cases where school have curtailed or limited student’s right by using speech codes or other mechanisms to limit expression.

FIRE’s mission is to defend and sustain individual rights at America's colleges and universities. These rights include freedom of speech, legal equality, due process, religious liberty, and sanctity of conscience and the essential qualities of individual liberty and dignity.

To compete, you must view two videos on their website and write an essay of 800 to 1,000 words discussing how censorship of student speech is incompatible with higher education.