Offensive Language in Creative Writing? Sure

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To be creative, one has to discover inner feelings. If a student searches within himself and finds that offensive language is how he can express his feelings, then so be it. If a student begins to express himself through his everyday language, then he can begin to grow.

If the teacher explains that he wants an assignment written on the student's everyday life and feelings, the student has the right to express exactly how he feels in his daily life. Once a student can grasp reality, then imagination can expand to different heights.

The language may be offensive to others; but the learning experience is not for the reader. Instead, it is for the writer. Education is the basis for students to learn various experiences. If a student tries different ways of writing, the student will find his best work. Dana M. Pfaff Senior, Ste. Genevieve Senior High

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If you tell a student to write what he feels in his words, you can't tell him which words to use. Then a constitutional right is taken away from that individual. That is the main issue here. Voltaire put it best when he said, "I don't agree with a word you say. But I will defend to the death your right to say it." It doesn't matter what the students said. What matters is that the students put time into their assignments. If you don't want students to be creative in their own words, you should not assign creative writing. Nick Miller Junior, International Studies High

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Creative writing, though it may sometimes be profane, is a way to channel emotions as an alternative to violence. I would hope these people could appreciate that, but obviously they cannot.

If you set limits on how much a child can elaborate his or her mind, how can that child be expected to excel past his or her current competence? If my English teacher did not push me to write creatively, my reading level, on top of other aspects of my academics, would still be as low as before my entrance to high school. Illiteracy a major national problem, along with violence. In my opinion, creative writing is a solution to both. Christi Korpowski Freshman, Northwest High House Springs

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What's the point of creative writing if students are not allowed to use certain words to express their feelings? Why should students be prohibited from using offensive words when they go into their school libraries and look them up in the dictionary? Some of America's finest authors use offensive language. If students feel a certain word would get their ideas across, whether the word is offensive or not, they should use it. Mitch Soderberg Junior, Hazelwood West High

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Students' use of offensive language in creative writing should not even be questioned. By trivializing this right, society may be unknowingly destroying some of tomorrow's most promising writers.

It is hard enough for teachers to convince students that they should be free to express their feelings through writing without added restrictions on creativity. If students choose to illustrate a point with profanity or even make racially biased remarks in writing, who has the right to prohibit it? A teacher may disagree, other students may disagree, but these are the things all people must decide for themselves.

As a society, how can America, the land of the free, put limitations on human emotion? An even worse message being shown to young people is that they have to deny angry feelings, bitterness and violent or sexual thoughts. This suggests they are disgusting and no one wants to hear what is really on their minds. Elizabeth Marling Freshman, Metro High

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If the profanity is used for a reason to make a paper more realistic, it should be allowed. Teen-agers today hear profanity and see violence in movies, compact discs and music videos as well as on the streets. …