ERIC Number: ED208424
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Guidelines and Censorship--Sorting It Out.
Questions of censorship in education have been debated at length for decades, but it is only in recent years that the dialectic called public opinion has refined the issue in terms of the distinctions between guidelines and censorship. Despite the many differences with regard to inclusion and exclusion (including perspective, techniques, and motivation), guidelines and censorship both seem to have certain qualities in common. Both involve a desire to limit people's access to particular materials and/or viewpoints. Both are acts of presumption--they "draw the line" at some point in determining whether materials should be included or excluded. Finally, people who act as individuals or within groups to develop guidelines or to further censorship are engaged in legitimate activities in a democratic society. In this sense, intellectual freedom, academic excellence, the enunciation of rights and the promulgation of guidelines are not the property of professional organizations. They are public issues, and, as such, parents and other conservative groups have every right to question and offer answers. (HOD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Meeting of the Missouri Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (Lake of the Ozarks, MO, October 1981).