ERIC Number: ED029864
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
Reference Count: 0
The Right to Read: An Open Letter to the Citizens of Our Country from the National Council of Teachers of English.
National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Democracy can exist only in a climate in which teachers are free to teach and students are free to learn, a climate conducive to open inquiry and responsible discussion of any and all questions related to the ethical and cultural welfare of mankind. The right of an individual to read rests on the fundamental democratic assumption that an educated free man possesses powers of discrimination and should determine his own actions. To avoid objections from pressure groups, national or local book committees tend to carefully exclude from textbooks and reading lists those sections and volumes that offend such groups. Consequently, several American writers are inadequately represented in the public secondary schools. Cut off from many of the great ideas and feelings of Western man, a student is unlikely to develop into a free, reasoning person who can make up his own mind, who can understand his culture, and who can live compassionately with his fellowman. To preserve the unity of Western thought and culture, American citizens who care about the improvement of education are urged to join teachers, librarians, administrators, boards of trustees, and professional and scholarly organizations in supporting the students' right to read. (LH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Civil Rights, Democracy, Educational Environment, Freedom of Speech, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Reading Material Selection, Sanctions, Teaching Conditions
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 S. 6th St., Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 20202; 25 for $1.00; 100 or more, $.03 each).
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.