Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Oyama v. University of Hawaii (9th Cir. - Dec. 29, 2015)

You'd think that if you were in the process of trying to get a teaching job in the public schools, you could keep to yourself -- or at least not express to the people reviewing your suitability for the job - that you think that the age of consent should be zero, that online child predation should be legal, that most students with disabilities are "faking" it, that there's no substantial benefit to mainstreaming disabled students, that you think about suicide "every day," etc.

Admittedly, it might well take a 46-page, single-spaced opinion to decide that these comments of yours aren't sufficiently protected by the First Amendment to preclude the government from denying you a teaching credential on the basis of these comments.

But, seriously.  Just learn to keep your mouth shut.  Sometimes discretion is an important part of getting what you want.