ERIC Number: ED205934
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
The International Reading Association's Role in the Politics of Censorship.
During the last few years, novels, textbooks, basal readers, and the types of questions texts and teachers ask of students have come under attack by individuals and groups espousing several different points of view. Consequently, the International Reading Association (IRA) has passed a resolution recognizing the right and responsibility of parents to monitor their children's education, but opposing policies that deny children access to certain reading materials. The most vicious censorship battles seem to occur when a teacher or principal refuses to listen to a parental complaint and in school districts that do not have clear procedures for dealing with complaints. The best defense against censorship is to form a local group familiar with the strategies of censorship organizations and to initiate a dialogue in order to deal with legitimate complaints. Other strategies include keeping written statements of text selection criteria and course objectives on file, establishing well-publicized complaint procedures, and carefully matching individual students with selected texts. IRA members at state and local levels can also join with other educators to handle censorship attempts effectively and with the educational well-being of students as the primary goal. (HTH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: International Reading Association
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (26th, New Orleans, LA, April 27-May 1, 1981).