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ERIC Number: ED236082
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Understanding the New Right and Its Impact on Education. Fastback 195.
Kincheloe, Joe L.
The Kanawha County textbook controversy of 1974 sparked profound changes in the American political landscape and American education. The roots of this controversy go back to the 1960's, when drug use, women's liberation, violence, and sex education convinced conservatives that America was in moral decline. Parents in Kanawha County fingered school textbooks, with their secular humanistic approach, as major transmitters of this social decay, and 12,000 people petitioned for the prohibition of school literature which questioned God, the family, or the American political and economic systems. This incident has had far-reaching repercussions. Conservatives have realized new power. The New Right has formed around the issues of the Kanawha County petition, two of its major concerns being educational control and curriculum content. This movement has affected classroom teaching through censorship and a return to basics and rote learning. Teachers are increasingly cautious about method and content. By channeling its children into Christian academies and questioning compulsory education and the use of federal funds, the New Right threatens the future of public education. However, ominous as this may seem, the efforts of the New Right can have a positive effect on education. The controversy it has raised should be used by all educators to re-examine the American educational system. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Community Attitudes, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Course Content, Elementary Secondary Education, Family School Relationship, Moral Issues, Political Issues, Public Education, Religious Factors, Teaching Methods, Textbook Content, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
Phi Delta Kappa, Eighth and Union, Box 789, Bloomington, IN 47402 ($0.75, $0.60 to members, quantity discounts available).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: New Left; New Right; Politics of Education; West Virginia (Kanawha County)
Note: For a related document, see ED 112 480. Sponsored by the eight New Jersey chapters of Phi Delta Kappa in Area 6H.