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ERIC Number: ED024676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Oct
Pages: 15
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Censorship and the Teaching of English: A Few Problems and Fewer Solutions.
Donelson, Kenneth L.
Statement: The Journal of the Colorado Language Arts Society, v4 n1 p5-15, 18-20 Oct 1968
The ultimate judgment in book selection for classroom use must rest with the teacher who should be able to defend his choices on the basis of literary and moral values. Censorship occurs whenever such choices are thwarted by the community. To deal effectively with censorship, the English teacher should know (1) that rational men throughout history have defended censorship on moral, political, and philosophical grounds; (2) that although many censors defend their own judgments emotionally, other censors are philosophical and rational; (3) that censorship is objectionable and the necessity for it unconfirmed; and (4) that goals in teaching literature are enjoyment, understanding, knowledge about contrasting values, and appreciation of art. English departments should establish book selection committees, demand professionalism from their members, inform the public about policies, devise a procedure for handling censorship cases, and remain calm when the censor appears. (JS)
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