ERIC Number: ED241413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Censorship: Challenges, Concerns and Cures.
Seiferth, Berniece B.
While censorship pressures emanate from all points on the political spectrum at different times, the current censorship movement comes mostly from political conservatives. Censorship efforts by the Reagan administration include barring entry of foreign speakers whose views do not coincide with those of the administration, inhibiting the free flow of films between Canada and the United States, denying press coverage for controversial administration actions such as the invasion of Grenada, and enlarging the number of documents classified as secret. Social studies topics considered unacceptable by some present-day censor groups include women's suffrage, civil rights, America as a nation of immigrants, American Indian experiences, Watergate, slavery, and global education. These efforts by the present administration and private groups have serious implications for social studies education, which emphasizes the development of students' awareness of and ability to deal with social issues. Several techniques are open to social studies teachers trying to eliminate censorship in the classroom. Among these are awareness of teacher self-censorship, respect for parents' rights, and encouragement of a clearly stated district policy on censorship. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Classroom Environment, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Critical Thinking, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Freedom, Political Issues, Social Problems, Social Studies, Teaching Conditions, Teaching Methods, Textbook Selection
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A