on February 15, 2016
I purchased this eighth edition because i couldn't locate my seventh and the eighth edition has updates. I originally purchased this text for a graduate course and decided to keep it because the information is so useful in my profession (public school teaching). Now, I'm the Dean of Students at a public school and in dealing with community and family issues that are flooding into the schools (drugs, alcoholism, domestic abuse, weapons, etc.) I can't say enough how much this text has helped me in making those difficult decisions on students' speech (had an incident where students filmed an anti-LGBTQ blip on school campus, posted it online, other students' "liked" it and the fallout was wreaking havoc at school) and despite the attorney-parent who wants to intimidate the person holding their child accountable by threatening law-suit, I've been able to refer to the text and cite specific case-law pre-empting the screaming, yelling, and threats before they happen (usually!).