Shaina Chen, one of the winners of our “Think for Yourself” essay contest, appeared on Fox & Friends today to discuss the importance of free speech, even in high school. She’d written:
For a school that boasts an open-minded and free-thinking attitude, we’re actually the opposite. While students embrace diversity, we’ve become so focused on supporting certain beliefs that we’ve forgotten the value of another kind of diversity: a diversity of opinion.
Such diversity comes from free speech. And free speech is important, even — or, perhaps, especially — in high school, because it makes people uncomfortable. Discomfort sparks discussion and promotes an acceptance of the existence of different opinions.
She added, “Avoiding topics in school over-sensitizes people.” High school students are not fragile. They can handle hearing different ideas, reading difficult books, and grappling with divisive issues together.
Here’s her essay. Go, Shaina!