ERIC Number: ED238107
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Who Should Decide What Children Will Learn?
Streamlined Seminar, v2 n3 Jan 1984
Several recent court cases on school censorship and control over the curriculum are summarized in order to draw implications for policy and action in these areas. Among the conclusions are: (1) private schools have more control over their curriculum than public schools; (2) the school library is a place where students may search for knowledge on their own and is therefore more protected from censorship than the classroom; (3) courts are very reluctant to interfere with a local school board's right to control the curriculum--such interference is warranted only when an attempt is made by the school board to control ideological or religious content; and (4) elementary and secondary teachers appear to have less academic freedom than university professors. Implications of these decisions for the rights of school boards, students, parents, and teachers are discussed. Recommendations for handling challenges to school materials are offered along with guidelines from the American Library Association for developing policies on selecting materials and dealing with challenges to materials. (DC)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Boards of Education, Censorship, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Courts, Government School Relationship, Instructional Materials, Literature Reviews, Public Schools, School District Autonomy, School Libraries
National Association of Elementary School Principals, 1920 Association Dr., Reston, VA 22091 (1 copy $0.50; 2-9 copies $0.45 ea., 10 or more copies $0.40 ea. Payment must accompany order).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
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Identifiers: PF Project