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Censored in America:


The War on Free Speech
ESSAY CONTEST


125 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $15,500!


ESSAY TOPIC:

Is Free Speech becoming more limited in America? John Stossel considers that in his recent Fox News hour, "Censored in America." Words can wound, so should we have increased limits around free speech? Why or why not? Does free speech have a special role in a free society?

"Censored in America" says that students are sometimes kept away from words and ideas they might find disturbing. What do you think? Are there areas in society today where we should allow more free speech? Are there areas where we should restrict free speech?

Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic. You should include your own examples of free speech controversies, and you must include at least one reference to the TV special or Stossel's book, "No They Can't."

Student essays (500-1000 words in length) on our web site between now and the February 1, 2016, deadline. Students view John Stossel's "Censored in America" Fox News hour (view the streaming video here; you must be logged in), and write an essay to submit to our contest. The essay topic is listed below.



**PLEASE REMEMBER THIS ESSAY CAN BE EITHER INFORMATIONAL OR ARGUREMENTATIVE **

Essay Contest Rules


* All essays should specifically address the Essay Topic, which is:

Is Free Speech becoming more limited in America? John Stossel considers that in his recent Fox News hour, "Censored in America." Words can wound, so should we have increased limits around free speech? Why or why not? Does free speech have a special role in a free society?

"Censored in America" says that students are sometimes kept away from words and ideas they might find disturbing. What do you think? Are there areas in society today where we should allow more free speech? Are there areas where we should restrict free speech?

Please write a 500-1000 word essay on this topic. You should include your own examples of free speech controversies, and you must include at least one reference to the TV special or Stossel's book, "No They Can't."

  • We recommend all students read our list of Tips for Essay Writers. This will help you avoid common mistakes that could cost you prize money!

  • Essays should be 500-1000 words in length.

  • All essays must be submitted by a teacher on behalf of the student(s).

  • Teachers must be registered on our site in order to submit essays. Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays.

  • Essays must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm Eastern Time, February 18, 2016.

  • Teachers with winning students will be notified no later than April 8, 2016.

  • All essays must be the original work of the student whose name is listed on the submission form. Plagiarism will result in immediate disqualification.

  • Winners of the top two prizes in any Stossel in the Classroom essay contest are not eligible for prizes in our subsequent contests.

  • Decisions of the judges are final.

  • Winners will be solely responsible for any federal, state, or local taxes on winnings.

  • Chaperones chosen to accompany First and Second Place Winners on their trip to New York City must be the student's parent, legal guardian, or another adult chosen with the approval of the student's parents/guardian.

  • Submission of essays constitutes permission for Stossel in the Classroom to post winning essays on our web site.

  • Essays will be judged on their ability to answer the topic question in an articulate, clear, and organized manner, using examples from Mr. Stossel's video to support their analysis. Stossel in the Classroom will evaluate essay submissions in a fair and unbiased four-round judging system, where judges will all use the same criteria. Judges will be selected by Stossel in the Classroom based on their backgrounds and expertise in education, writing, and the subject matter.

  • We are offering your students 125 CASH PRIZES totaling $15,500! First and second place winners will also receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for themselves, an adult chaperone each, and the teachers who submitted their essays, to meet John Stossel and to see a live taping of STOSSEL. Click this link for complete rules and submission information.

  • Visit our 2015 Essay Winners Page for lists of last year's winners or to read the top essays.



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