ERIC Number: ED055064
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Academic Freedom: National Council for the Social Studies Policy Statements.
National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
This booklet presents three NCSS policy statements: 1) Academic Freedom and the Social Studies Teacher, 2) Academic Freedom: A Policy Statement, and 3) The NCSS Legal Defense Fund. The first statement includes guidelines for the study of controversial issues in the classroom and an outline of teachers' rights and responsibilities. It emphasizes the mutual interest of the school and the community in preserving a diversity of viewpoints. It also discusses possible threats to academic freedom which may involve the teacher himself, choice of educational materials, curriculum guidelines, or selection of visiting speakers. The second statement points up the importance of academic freedom in social studies and outlines a suggested procedure for handling complaints concerning social studies materials. A model form for complaints is included. The third statement, on the NCSS Legal Defense Fund, briefly describes the policy, control, and administration of the Fund; cases and form in which assistance may be granted; and eligibility of individuals. (RT)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Legal Aid, Policy, Public School Teachers, School Community Relationship, Social Studies, Teacher Associations, Teachers, Textbook Selection
National Council for the Social Studies, 1201 16th St., N. W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (single copy $0.50) (quantity discounts)
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Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.