ERIC Number: ED033923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962
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The Students' Right to Read.
National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.
Individuals and groups are exerting increasing pressures on American schools to restrict student access to important and worthwhile books. The success of these attempts at censorship has resulted in teachers being reprimanded, books being removed from libraries and classrooms, and subsequent attacks being expanded to include areas much larger than the target schools. With this danger of censorship, American citizens must be made aware of their rights to read, based on the fundamental democratic assumption that free men possess powers of discrimination and should determine their own actions. Librarians, teachers of English, and school administrators should prepare to protect the students' right to read by (1) establishing a committee of English teachers who, with the approval of the school administration, can determine book selection policy and screen complaints, and (2) fostering a community climate in which citizens will support the freedom to read. (JM)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Civil Liberties, Educational Environment, English Instruction, Library Material Selection, Literature, Moral Issues, Reading Material Selection, Teaching Conditions
National Council of Teachers of English, 508 South Sixth Street, Champaign, Ill. 61820 (Stock No. 20809, $0.25)
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Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Champaign, IL.