Writing (1)

Daring students to express their views


I do not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it.

As I start a new term teaching journalism, this quote has played repeatedly through my mind. For me, it epitomizes what journalism and education, at their very foundation, are about: the right to free, full self-expression—including the right to offend. Why? Because whatever is seriously interesting usually offends somebody at some point. It's the ideas that jar us which stimulate discussion.

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