ERIC Number: ED024667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1965-Jun
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Censorship and the Public Schools.
Burress, Lee A., Jr.
American Library Association Bulletin, v59 n6 p491-9 June 1965
Increased militancy of teachers and instructional improvement leading to a more individualized selection of reading material may have spurred censors into increased activity. To prepare teachers to counteract censorship, further studies, such as the one by the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English, and interdisciplinary cooperation are needed. Sanctions against offending school systems should be considered as well as summer workshops which stress the importance of intellectual freedom. Censorship from within the schools could perhaps be eliminated if traditional assumptions about teaching literature (that students must know about an established canon of literary works) were replaced by an attempt to produce intelligent, critical readers. The existing and all too prevalent"faith in censorship" should be replaced by "faith in literature," for literature can not only prepare the student for his inevitable encounter with evil in life but also elevate his taste. (JS)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Critical Reading, English Instruction, Interdisciplinary Approach, Literary Discrimination, Literature, Public Education, Public Schools, Reading Material Selection, Sanctions, School Policy, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Education, Teacher Participation, Teacher Workshops, Teaching Methods
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