your students enter our 2015-2016

Censored in America:
The War on Free Speech

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! In addition to 125 prizes for students totaling $15,500, every teacher whose student(s) earn an honorable-mention award or better will receive an autographed copy of one of John Stossel's bestselling books!

Teachers may submit an unlimited number of student essays (500-1000 words in length) on our web site between now and the February 18, 2016, deadline. Simply have your 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.


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 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.