ERIC Number: ED262783
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Attacks on the Freedom to Learn: A 1984-1985 Report.
People for the American Way, Washington, DC.
The third annual study of censorship incidents in public schools revealed that during the 1984-85 school year, censors took aim at an array of courses, textbooks, teaching methods and materials, as well as a wide assortment of books, plays, and films. More than 42% of the challenges that were directed at instructional materials resulted in removal or restriction of the material. The study also found that: there was a dramatic increase in censorship activity during the 1984-85 school year; almost one-fourth of censorship incidents reported were initiated by local organized pressure groups aligned with the national Far Right censorship network; almost half of the reported incidents were challenges to public school courses and the curriculum; and complaints in more than one-fourth of the incidents focused on charges of secular humanism or alleged violations of the Hatch Amendment. This document includes brief discussions of: The Censors and Their Targets; Censorship and the Law of the Land; The Attack on Public Education; The Old Standbys; and Secret Censorship. A state-by-state list then provides a sampling of censorship incidents that occurred in 46 out of 50 states during 1984-85. Only those incidents reported to and subsequently documented by People for the American Way are included in this report. The incident, initiator, and resolution of activities are covered in each example. An alphabetical list of challenged materials concludes the report. (THC)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Material Evaluation, Instructional Materials, Intellectual Freedom, Moral Issues, Moral Values, Public Schools
People for the American Way, 1424 16th Street NW, Suite 601, Washington, DC 20036 ($3.00).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: People for the American Way, Washington, DC.