ERIC Number: ED143078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
Reference Count: N/A
Censorship in Public Schools: Some Recent Legal Developments.
Reutter, E. Edmund, Jr.
This speech calls attention to some recent judicial developments relative to the public school curriculum (curriculum being defined to encompass all experiences provided for public school students under the aegis of public school authorities). Curricular elements, be they whole courses or single words, may be analyzed legally in terms of whether they are required of all students or are optional. Required curricular elements are much more vulnerable judicially than those offered on an elective basis, for the right of withdrawal can eliminate the need for eradicating a curricular element. The cases reviewed center on issues such as sex education, treatment of the origins of mankind, textbook selection, and library book selection. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Boards of Education, Censorship, Court Litigation, Curriculum, Elementary Secondary Education, School Libraries, Supreme Court Litigation, Textbook Selection
Not available separately; See EA 009 780
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Topeka, KS.
Note: Chapter 1 of EA 009 780; For related documents, see EA 009 780-797