ERIC Number: ED068990
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
Reference Count: 0
The Students' Right to Read. 1972 Edition.
Donelson, Kenneth, Ed.
This statement of the NCTE is addressed to the problem of censorship in the public schools, especially censorship in the form of pressure to restrict or deny students access to books or periodicals deemed objectionable by some individual or group on moral, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or philosophical grounds. It is felt that any work is potentially open to attack by someone for some reason and that censorship is often arbitrary and irrational. One part of this statement, "The Right to Read," is an open letter to all citizens providing a rationale against censorship, discussing why censorship is a threat to education, and what the community's responsibilities are in supporting free inquiry. Another section, "A Program of Action," addressed to teachers of English, librarians, and school administrators, discusses procedures for book selection, some of the legal problems of censorship, and how to defend books against complaints or requests for censorship. A selected bibliography is included. (Author/DI)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrators, Books, Censorship, Citizenship, Civil Liberties, English, Librarians, Library Material Selection, Literature, Moral Issues, Periodicals, Public Opinion, Secondary School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Student Rights
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Road, Urbana, Ill. 61801 (Stock No. 20809, $0.35 non-member, $0.30 member)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.