ERIC Number: ED240035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Sep
Protecting the Freedom to Learn: A Citizen's Guide.
Parker, Barbara; Weiss, Stefanie
Citizens interested in preventing censorship in the public schools will find the readings, tips, and resources in this guide helpful. The text is divided into two sections. The first section, "An Overview of Censorship," provides an introduction to the organizations behind the growing censorship and anti-public education movement. The rise in censorship is documented and an explanation of why it is happening is provided. Also included are examples of how censorship incidents often unfold, a description of the censors' strategies and tactics, and a sampling of their most recent victories. Copies of flyers and brochures circulated by national censorship organizations and more detailed information on each group's anti-public education agenda are included in the appendices. The second section, "Organizing to Prevent Censorship," describes successful anti-censorship campaigns and pro-public education organizations. It explains how selection and reconsideration policies can help to ensure orderly and democratic decisions about challenged materials. This section also includes practical advice on how to mobilize support for the freedom to learn. Included in the appendices are model policies and a list of resources for fighting censorship. (RM)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Censorship, Citizen Participation, Citizenship Responsibility, Community Involvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Library Material Selection, Media Selection, Models, Organizations (Groups), Public Education, Reading Material Selection, School Community Relationship, School Policy, Textbook Selection
People for the American Way, 1424 16th St., N.W., Washington, DC 20036 ($9.50).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Community; Practitioners; Parents
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
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