ERIC Number: ED115520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Censorship: The Challenge to Freedom in the School.
National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC.; American Association of School Administrators, Washington, DC.; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.; National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.
Concerned with the freedom to teach and learn, this document offers guideline procedures for avoiding censorship disputes and for dealing with controversies which surround these issues. The experience and advice of several superintendents, principals, librarians, teachers, and curriculum workers who have recently been involved in textbook censorship controversies are brought together. Their opinions and suggestions are offered to focus attention on community and school circumstances before a problem develops. The key to avoiding major disputes is the establishment and use of a formal, definitive, written procedure for the evaluation and selection of materials. A sample procedure policy is provided which emphasizes comprehensive objectives, direct board responsibility, strong curriculum-based selection criteria, high level professional review procedures, an advisory committee appointed by the board or superintendent that includes students and parents, and a specific outline of policy and action on challenged materials. Should a complaint arise, suggestions for dealing with it include moving the controversy to the school board level in order to avoid any parent-teacher-principal conflict, and defending the professional selection process rather than the individual piece of instructional material. (Author/DE)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Community Problems, Conflict Resolution, Educational Objectives, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Library Material Selection, Local Issues, Parent Grievances, Reading Material Selection, School Community Relationship, School Policy, Textbook Evaluation, Textbook Selection
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Association of Elementary School Principals, Washington, DC.; American Association of School Administrators, Washington, DC.; Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Washington, DC.; National Association of Secondary School Principals, Reston, VA.