Academic freedom is a big deal. Free-speech is really important. Sometimes, though, people feel they have to step into a classroom and start telling teachers which words they can’t use. I taught To Kill a Mockingbird yesterday. While I was reading out loud to the class I did not use some of the language in the book out of fear of reprisals by self-righteous parents. Harper Lee’s book was chosen by the school district and approved by the state to be a launching point for very serious discussion and at the same time, politicians muzzle the abilities of teachers to do so by saying which words can and cannot be said. There are times when profanity must be used. There are times when an English teacher must reveal hate-speech for what it is. Most teachers are professionals. Allow them to be so.