ERIC Number: ED163443
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Indoctrinate or Educate?
Hatcher, Thomas C., Ed.; Erickson, Lawrence G., Ed.
The articles in this monograph address issues educators face in selecting and adopting reading textbooks for use in a pluralistic society. Part one deals with the educational and sociological parameters of reading material selection. Michele M. Fomalont comments on the historical perspectives of material selection and then relates this to present sociological contexts. Thomas C. Hatcher links selection and adoption to the question, "What are the primary purposes of education?" Part two offers author and publisher perspectives on the subject. Adrienne Jones, an author, suggests that censorship is a distinct danger, Jo M. Stanchfield offers standards for selecting children's books, and Robert F. Baker examines the controversy from a publisher's viewpoint. Part three contains parent and educator outlooks. Nell J. Segraves details her role as a parent involved in legal efforts to have schools present both secular and sacred viewpoints; Thomas C. Hatcher presents guidelines for making curricular decisions in a pluralistic society; and Lawrence G. Erickson describes practices used to maintain cooperation and understanding between parents and educators. Part four deals with textbook adoption criteria and procedures. Erickson and Fomalont suggest that materials be selected on the basis of school and community goals, and Elaine Lohr describes an example of one school district's selection proceedings. (FL)
Descriptors: Authors, Censorship, Childrens Literature, Cultural Influences, Educational History, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria, Parent Role, Publishing Industry, Reading Material Selection, School Community Relationship, Social Influences, State Church Separation, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.