ERIC Number: ED213022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
School Book Selection: Procedures, Challenges and Responses.
Zenke, Larry L.
The Tulsa, Oklahoma, board of education has adopted as policy an academic freedom statement that was developed by a committee composed of board members, administrators, teachers, and librarians. The prelude to the statement contains six important points dealing with (1) the need for such a policy statement, (2) school responsibility, (3) educators' rights and responsibilities, (4) students' responsibilities, (5) parental and community responsibilities, and (6) parents' rights. The policy statement reflects the belief of educators in the Tulsa public schools that the school system must be sensitive to the mores of its community in selecting materials for use in the school. The procedures for school book selections and the board policy and regulations for review of challenged materials is working in the Tulsa Public School system as shown by only one challenge of classroom materials since 1976. Other school systems could benefit by examining the approaches the Tulsa Board of Education has taken. The question of what and how students shall learn must be resolved through positive cooperation between educators and lay citizens, rather than through the adversarial approach experienced by so many school systems. Successful efforts are being carried out in school systems across the country and it is important that educators search for those rather than giving undue attention to the unsuccessful approaches highlighted by the media. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oklahoma (Tulsa)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (71st, Boston, MA, November 20-25, 1981).