ERIC Number: ED025525
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968
Reference Count: 0
Censorship: The Need For a Positive Program to Prevent It (Book Selection as Public Relations).
Young, W. Winston
Teachers must develop positive public-relation techniques to preserve freedom from censorship while maintaining the public's interest in school programs. Censorship of books by both individuals and pressure groups can be avoided or dealt with through a program which has been carefully prepared before any censorship attempt occurs. The first step should be selection of the book by several teachers familiar with the community and the students. Then, the reasons for the book's inclusion in the curriculum should be disseminated through the school system and should be made available to the community through news outlets, PTA meetings, and other avenues of communication. Thus, a general unity of purpose is fostered among teachers, and reasonable discussion is encouraged between teachers and community leaders. When censorship attempts do occur, the school should first consider whether or not the book is being taught in a sensational manner. If it is not, the school should then present to the censor the questions raised in the NCTE pamphlet, "Citizen's Request for the Reconsideration of a Book." Also, offering a choice of titles to a single class will not only provide for individual reading differences but also discourage the objector who claims that his child is forced to read one particular book. (LH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Freedom of Speech, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Public Relations, Reading Material Selection, Reading Materials, Religious Cultural Groups, Sanctions, School Community Relationship, Teacher Welfare, Teaching Conditions, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 02455, HC-$2.95).
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Note: In "The Growing Edges of Secondary English: Essays by the Experienced Teacher Fellows at the University of Illinois 1966-1967," ed. Charles Suhor and others (Champaign: NCTE, 1968), pp. 201-17.