Private Writings, Public Punishment by David M. Agrela
Recall the quote from Mark Twain, who said more than 100 years ago, "First God made idiots for practice. Then he created school boards." The often-nonsensical policies created by school administrators would be laughable, if they weren't so draconian.
First a teacher tells students to keep a PRIVATE journal, to feel free to write what ever comes into their heads.
Then administrators punished the students for following instructions. How much sense does that make?
More troubling is the fact that some great writing talent may be stifled because the school officials can't or won't distinguish between FICTION (a literary work based on the imagination and not necessarily on fact, a deliberately false or improbable account ) and reality. Never mind that they refuse to respect the concept of private. I sure am glad I am not in school today. Not only do you have to manage to write papers without grammatical errors; but now you better be darn sure that every thing you write (even in PRIVATE journals) is politically correct, doesn't offend anyone in anyway, and can't in any twisted fashion be construed as a threat against anyone or anything.
Imagine if Charles Dickens, Voltaire, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and a host of other great authors had to write under the same constraints. The world would be short a couple of literary master pieces.