ERIC Number: ED143570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977
The Censorship Game and How to Play It. Bulletin 50.
Cox, C. Benjamin
The pamphlet is designed to help teachers, administrators, and parents understand the meanings, implications, and methods of censorship in public schools. Censorship is defined as "any limitation placed on a curricular choice for the wrong reasons." A test of the validity of a censorship case lies in the justifications offered for the restrictions. One section discusses the rationale for censorship. Of utmost importance is the giving of reasons for expressed preferences and the comparing and weighing of favored reasons against all others put forward. Roles of the school are to provide for the development of the physical and mental health of students, sustain the personal dignity of all individuals, stand for rationality and against irrationality, and promote global-mindedness in students. Problems in resolving censorship cases involving curriculum decisions reflect any of three possible models of community and school relationships. These range from complete community faith in professional educators' decisions to equal participation by community and professionals in decision making. Another section illustrates principles of rational valuation applied to a case of censorship of certain books in a humanities course. An appendix provides texts of seven NCSS statements on academic freedom, controversial issues, and civil rights. (AV)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Community Role, Course Content, Curriculum, Educational Problems, Elementary Secondary Education, Moral Values, School Community Relationship, School Role
National Council for the Social Studies, 1515 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 101, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($3.95 paper cover)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council for the Social Studies, Washington, DC.
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