The Five Freedoms Project

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The Network

The Network at fivefreedoms.org is an online community of educators, students and citizens who share a commitment to First Amendment freedoms, democratic schools, and the idea that children should be seen and heard.

A virtual “public square” for the 21st century, the Network is made up of a growing list of members from different places, perspectives, and points of interest. Everyone agrees to abide by three simple ground rules:

  1. We all have the right to share our voices and ideas;
  2. We all have the responsibility to protect the rights of others -- especially those with whom we most deeply disagree;
  3. We all share a commitment to debate our differences with respect.

Interested in learning more? Share your voice today – and see what the Network has to say back!

Get on the Soapbox

Join an ongoing discussion about a key First Amendment issue – or start a new one; post a “want ad” to find someone with a particular area of expertise – or offer your own; or add your take on our Question of the Month. At the Soapbox, the Network’s discussion forum, we provide an interactive place for your voice to be heard.

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Join (or Start) a Group

Visit the Network’s Group space, and you’ll find a New Hampshire school community hoping to share its governance process with other schools; a network of service-learning practitioners in Wyoming; and an association of high school newspaper advisers from across the country. Add your name to the roster of these and other subgroups on the Network, or start your own – and decide how public or private YOU want your group to be.

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Make New Connections

The Network’s members are an eclectic group: at any one time you may find a filmmaker from South Africa, a principal from Detroit, and a student from the Bronx, all signed on at the same time and seeing what the site has to offer. Visit different members’ pages to peruse their profiles, read their stories, and strike up new conversations.

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Visit The Five Freedoms Blogosphere

Interested in finding out what your friends and future colleagues in the Network are thinking? Want to add your own observations on the world, your work, and/or the current state of the First Amendment? In the Five Freedoms Blogosphere, you can read the advance draft of a forthcoming book about school leadership; the periodic reflections of a young Peace Corps volunteer in Africa; or a professional poet’s musings on the relationship between language and freedom. Come see what the Network has to say.

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