ERIC Number: ED242575
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Academic Freedom: A Classroom Exercise.
Helms, Ronald G.
The Social Studies Professional, n70 Jan 1984
A 6-8 day secondary level social studies unit explores censorship in education through a variety of activities. Students participate in a preassessment poll measuring their opinions on academic freedom, answer a questionnaire entitled "What do you think?" concerning local school board and community powers, rank a list of possible teacher activities on a scale from acceptable to unacceptable, and watch the American Library Association film entitled "The Speaker." These activities are accompanied by discussion and analysis questions. A critical reading on student rights concludes the unit. Nine student projects suggested for evaluating the unit include a community censorship poll; a research/opinion paper; an interview with a school official, news editor, or lawyer; and a report on the American Civil Liberties Union. (LP)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Academic Standards, Beliefs, Boards of Education, Censorship, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Freedom of Speech, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Freedom, Learning Activities, Politics of Education, School Community Relationship, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Student Rights, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Rights, Units of Study
National Council for the Social Studies, 3501 Newark St., N.W., Washington, DC 20016.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Students; Practitioners
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