ERIC Number: ED197421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Controversial Issues in Our Schools. Fastback 146.
There is virtually nothing taught in the American public school that is not potentially explosive at some time or place. America's cultural makeup provides for the development of controversy whenever such issues as sex, religion, politics, and economics are raised, and particularly when they are raised in the school environment. School administrators, teachers, and boards of education can take a number of actions when confronted with challenges to academic freedom. Most useful, of course, is the formation of an adequate policy on public objections to the curriculum before the objections occur. Other actions include adopting well-advertised procedures for textbook selection; finding adequate academic justification for selection of controversial books; preparing in advance for the defense of potentially controversial new materials; providing for alternative materials or programs for children of parents who raise objections; building an adequate internal communications network to provide for rapid response to complaints; and being aware of the reactions in other communities to materials selected for use. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrator Role, Board of Education Policy, Board of Education Role, Censorship, Community Problems, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Court Litigation, Curriculum Problems, Moral Issues, Public Opinion, Public Relations, School Community Relationship, Student Rights, Teacher Role
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, Bloomington, IN.