THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED.
You can WIN A TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY when your students enter our 2015-2016 Essay Contest! 125 CASH PRIZES for students, totaling $15,500!
Help your students earn great prizes by entering them in Stossel in the Classroom's 2015-2016 essay contest, for students aged 12-18! We even have prizes for teachers!
Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays on our website between now and the upcoming deadline. Simply have your students view John Stossel's "Censored in America" Fox News hour video (below), and write a 500-1000 word essay to submit to our contest.
THE 2015-2016 ESSAY CONTEST HAS ENDED.
Teachers with winning students were notified on April 8, 2016.
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! Why Government Fails But Individuals Succeed.
See complete rules and submission information for more details.
Censored in America Video.
First and second place winners will receive, in addition to their cash prizes, 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.
Our visit to the Stossel show will always be one of the most memorable events of my life. I am thankful to SITC for offering such a rare opportunity. Competing for such an extraordinary and unique prize is irresistible and is a great inspiration to work hard. I encourage students to enter your contest and learn more about the principles of liberty and free-market economics. Thank you for orchestrating this extraordinary opportunity.