ERIC Number: ED225928
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Ideological Dimensions of Political Restraint and Censorship.
Nelson, Jack L.
A discrepancy exists between what public school personnel and student teachers perceive as ideal academic freedom and their perceptions of the reality of school life. Interview responses from faculty and administration of a school district and from student teachers reveal that both groups practice the social control mechanism of political restraint and self-censorship within the school environment. School district personnel perceived that they had considerable academic freedom and that political restraint and censorship does not exist. They noted, however, that they would not use their freedom because to do so would be inappropriate and unprofessional since both sides of an issue should be presented. In contrast, student teachers reported substantial restraint or censorship during their experience in the schools, particularly in the areas of sex, religion, race, drugs, and politics. Although these data suggest that student teachers and practicing school personnel perceive school climates differently, student teachers also recognize the legitimacy of imposing these restraints. Therefore, both groups operate within an ideology of restraint in school affairs which is the complex product of school purposes, traditions, personnel, and cultural hegemony. (Author/KC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Hidden Curriculum
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council for the Social Studies (Boston, MA, November 1982).