ERIC Number: ED210786
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Value Conflict Between American Families and American Schools. Final Report.
Based on articles about and interviews with citizens and school staffs involved in value conflicts, this report looks at two sources of home-school conflicts--home education and book selection. The first section considers the positive and negative consequences of parent-school conflicts about home schooling; summarizes attitudes of families who resist compulsory schooling; and clarifies the problem of proving that a home education plan is equivalent to that offered by the school. It also looks at the public reaction to home schooling and the ideological defense of government schooling. The issues involved in court litigation on home schooling are examined, especially the questions of how much power a family has over the education of its children and how much power school authorities have to regulate home schooling. The second section of the report treats the topic of book selection and looks at the censorship of books in libraries and classrooms on grounds of religion, science, patriotism, or obscenity. The issue of creationism is dealt with in detail. The section closes by looking at the effects of book selection conflict on teachers, school board members, and students. The report concludes with a number of recommendations, including increased recognition of First Amendment consequences of school policy and structure. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Amherst.