ERIC Number: ED329475
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Reference Count: N/A
Attacks on the Freedom To Learn: People for the American Way 1989-1990 Report.
People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
An annual state-by-state survey of censorship and other challenges to public education is covered in this report that is intended to provide a representative snapshot of the incidents, not a comprehensive picture. Two types of activity are listed: "challenges to instruction"--attempts to remove or restrict literature, instructional materials, activities, and programs currently part of the school curriculum--and "other incidents." This second category includes incidents illustrating other pressures being brought to bear on the schools, among them, attacks on programs and curricular materials under consideration for adoption, activities that raise church-state separation issues, and controversies dealing with freedom of the press for student newspapers. The report found that 244 incidents occurred in 39 states and every region of the country. The survey produced six main findings: (1) attacks continue to esculate against materials that are not required reading; (2) there was a resurgence of Far Right activity, primarily in the West; (3) the sectarian campaign to water down the teaching of evolution continues; (4) swear words, satanism, and sex in books were used to justify their removal from the school; (5) sex education and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) instruction continue to come under attack; and (6) when schools are prepared for attack, censors' success rates drop. State-by-state incidents reports comprise the majority of the document. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.