ERIC Number: ED316916
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Censorship: Managing the Controversy.
National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.
In this monograph, certain viewpoints, strategies, and policy tips have been separated from the main text. These "notebooks" of information, taken together, comprise a useful handbook for school officials who want to recognize censorship, put it in perspective, and prepare for consequent controversy. The purpose is to provide workable strategies for transforming a potentially explosive censorship attack into a healthy discourse about the mission of public schools. The first of six sections furnishes an overview by discussing the nature and scope of the problem, censorship targets, a definition of censorship, a legal view, forms of censorship, and the effects of censorship. Section 2 discusses the challenges to policymaking that censorship groups pose to school officials. The mission of public education is discussed within the context of appropriate curricular materials in section 3. Section 4 centers on textbook censorship and getting better textbooks. Section 5 provides specific policies and strategies designed to assist school officials to defuse censorship controversies and the divisive conflicts they engender among school publics. Appendices in section 6 provide 60 common targets (topics, content) of censorship: a sample textbook review (by The Mel Gablers, Educational Research Analysts); a sample letter for parents that reflects a censorship attempt (by the Maryland Coalition of Concerned Parents on Privacy Rights in Public Schools); phrases and terms likely to ignite censorship activities by extremist groups (by The International Reading Association); curriculum guidelines for choosing materials that mirror common beliefs and values (by the National Council for the Social Studies Task Force); and sample policies and guidelines regarding the selection of materials. Section 7 contains a list of resources (26 organizations and 13 publications). (JAM)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Censorship, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Curriculum Development, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
Publications, National school Boards Association, 1680 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 ($20.00 plus $3.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA.