Black—the great First Am. absolutist—is a curmudgeon in his
dissent. He says the record shows that the armbands did disrupt the
schoolwork and that the majority’s holding, which is going to begin a
“new revolutionary era of permissiveness” (WOW!), invites students to
be “ready, able, and willing to defy their teachers on practically
all orders…this case subjects all public schools in the country to
the whims and caprices of their loudest-mouthed, but maybe not their
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