| Is forcing someone to recite a poem in front of a class against the law?

Is forcing someone to recite a poem in front of a class against the law?

Bob B asked:

If there was a class assignment where you had to recite a poem, could you request to do it in private, or could the teacher force you to speak in front of the whole class?

Basically, my real question is: Is it against the law in the state of California to not allow someone to recite a poem in private instead of in front of the class if they feel uncomfortable?

My friend’s sister is attending law school, and she said something on the matter, but I want to make sure.

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5 Responses to “Is forcing someone to recite a poem in front of a class against the law?”

  1. Jason L on June 7th, 2009 7:45 am

    The teacher could fail them for abstaining from speaking. If you were required to take a public speaking class, it would be dumb to allow people to give presentations in private

  2. Margrave on June 8th, 2009 12:04 am

    If the curriculum includes public speaking, I doubt you could establish coercion. Force is not involved… If everyone is required to recite in class for a performance rating and if the rating is poor if it is not done, it is certainly equal protection.

    One of the greatest fears in humans is fear of public speaking, so the wise teacher would work some other things into the curriculum which involved activities like trust falls, and the person speaking would be encouraged to begin with “Spotters ready?”

    But if the public recitation is used as a punishment, there are definitely legal remedies that could be pursued.

  3. Redsh1ft on June 9th, 2009 9:36 am

    It certainly isn’t against the law.
    Technically, the teacher is in charge of everything that goes on in a class setting, and anything they say within reason goes.
    Now, I will say that with todays screwed up justice system, there’s a good chance your sister could sue the teacher and win. However, I am NOT encouraging that.

  4. JT on June 12th, 2009 10:37 am

    I would reccomend dropping out of the state controlled school system and take on home-schooling immediately and get a real education.

  5. Barry C on June 13th, 2009 1:56 am

    you could take an F on the assignment I guess…

    but of course expecting you to do the educational tasks is legal.