A Discussion of Tinker v. Des Moines, Its Impacts, and Implications
Grades: 6 - 12

Video Description: Mary Beth Tinker, of the landmark case of Tinker v. Des Moines, and Hon. Nannette Baker, Chief Magistrate Judge of the Eastern District Court of Missouri, discuss the importance of the Tinker v. Des Moines case. They answer student questions about the case, share history of the case, and offer analysis on its impact and implications that still resonate today.

Type of Video: Segment*
Unique Video ID: First Amendment-47**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Provide the video for students doing independent projects on free speech rights, Mary Beth Tinker, important Supreme Court cases, and/or related topics.
  • Use the video in a flipped learning activity and have students come to class prepared to share two insights gained by watching the video and two questions they’d like answered through their own or class research.
  • This case and decision are an important example of the First Amendment right to free speech. Have learners look for present day examples of people exercising this right.


*Segment videos are short excerpts edited from interviews or interactive programs that offer flexible and differentiated ways to use the rich content included in the full-length conversation.

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