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ERIC Number: ED207903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Censorship in Social Studies.
Seiferth, Berniece B.
In order to determine how much censorship was taking place in Illinois social studies classes, 200 principals were asked to respond to a questionnaire regarding censorship of teaching methods and social studies textbooks. The principals were asked to respond to the following topics concerning the degree of censorship encountered for each item: United Nations/ internationalism/global education, communism, controversial issues, prominent controversial figures, mistakes of the United States in the past, the Holocaust, ethnic studies, pagan cultures/life styles, omission of black's achievement, omission of women's achievement, and the omission of other minorities' achievement. It was found that the inclusion of material on communism and controversial issues received the most censorship for social studies texts. In many parts of the country, teaching about the United Nations and global education is under attack, but it did not prove to be so in Illinois. In responding to amounts of censorship of teaching methods, it would appear that discussion of controversial issues in social studies was censored most frequently with 55 principals reporting it occurred occassionally and eight frequently, although it occurred more often in the larger school systems with the highest of 80% in schools of 600-700. It appears that social studies teachers are relatively free to teach as they see fit without too much interference from outside pressure groups. Attached to this paper are three data tables on the censorhip of teaching methods, censorship of social studies textbooks, and origin of censorship and the censorship survey form. (Author/RM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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