ERIC Number: ED218646
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
The Students' Right to Read. Revised.
National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
This statement, prepared by the National Council of Teachers of English, addresses the increasing problem of censorship in the public schools in the form of pressure to restrict or deny students access to certain books or periodicals deemed objectionable by individuals or groups on moral, political, religious, ethnic, racial, or philosophical grounds. The first section of the statement discusses the right to read and the English teacher, pointing out that virtually any work used in the classroom could be the subject of often arbitrary and irrational censorship. The next section contains an open letter to citizens from NCTE, providing a rationale against censorship, discussing why censorship is a threat to education, and what the community's responsibilities are in supporting free inquiry. The third section, addressed to teachers of English, librarians, and school administrators, provides a program of action for schools dealing with censorship, including procedures for book selection, suggestions for enlisting the support of the community, procedures for defending books under criticism, and a sample form for citizen's request for reconsideration of a work used in the curriculum. A selected bibliography concludes the statement. (HTH)
Descriptors: Censorship, Community Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, English Instruction, Library Material Selection, Literature, Public Opinion, Reading Material Selection, Student Rights, Textbook Selection
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 Kenyon Rd., Urbana, IL 61801 (Stock No. 48174, $0.25).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.