ERIC Number: ED233925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Teacher and Academic Freedom. ERIC Fact Sheet No. 1.
ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Eight issues concerning academic freedom are discussed. The issues are: (1) the question of who should have the right to decide what should be taught; (2) the extent to which school districts should impose specific restrictions on subjects discussed in the classroom; (3) the controversy over the rights of teachers to refuse to teach content that violates their personal beliefs; (4) the rights of teachers to invite a controversial speaker into the classroom; (5) the option of states or school districts to prohibit a teacher from using materials and methods other than those officially approved; (6) the freedom of teachers to express their personal opinions about controversial political and social issues in the classroom; (7) the responsibility of teachers to refrain from using vulgar or profane language; and (8) types of teacher behaviors generally considered to exceed the limits of academic freedom. In addition, three defenses are offered for teachers whose controversial actions are challenged in the courtroom. Nine related print resources concerning the academic freedom of teachers are followed by a listing of organizational resources. (LH)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Board of Education Policy, Censorship, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Freedom of Speech, Personal Autonomy, Professional Autonomy, School Community Relationship, School Law, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Welfare
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse for Social Studies/Social Science Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers: Fact Sheets; PF Project; Teacher Rights
Note: Much of the information in this fact sheet was taken from "Teachers Have Rights Too," by Leigh Steizer and Joanna Banthin.