Freedom of Speech in the Classroom

Students in Mabel’s 9s class explore a map of the United States in the 1940s.

Needless to say, this critical thinking must involve com­plete freedom of speech in the classroom. The child is not told what to think but rather is challenged to think straight.

An atmosphere of informality and friendliness is established, so that every child will feel that his honest opinion is welcomed and respected.

—Norman Studer, From Democracy