ERIC Number: ED424589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
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Teaching English the "Right" Way in South Carolina: Finding a Middle Ground in Censorship Issues.
Quintelli-Neary, Marguerite; Fife, Karen M.
While advocates of guided imagery practice in the classroom fear most that inexperienced practitioners will abandon this effective means of developing metacognitive skills because students will not use imagery properly or because they themselves have not had the opportunity to learn guiding techniques from in-services or mentoring, the real threat to the success of creative visualization comes not from within. Because guided imagery encourages students to use their own imaginations and because Fundamentalist Christianity frequently "takes a dim view" of any educational theory that advocates getting inside children's minds, guided imagery has become particularly suspect in areas whose prevailing philosophy is that public schools are anti-religious in their promoting of critical-thinking activities. South Carolina, whose population has traditionally been homogeneous and the religious dogma overwhelmingly Christian and conservative, undertook to banish the use of guided imagery from statewide curricula. While there is a degree of solace to be taken from the bill's failure to pass the state legislature, there is, as well, a suspicion that certain forms of censorship, though never officially sanctioned, have been put into practice. (Contains 8 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: South Carolina