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ERIC Number: ED425493
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 19
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Censorship Revisited.
Fernandez, Melanie
Governments, groups, and individuals have always tried to control information. This paper examines censorship, particularly textbook censorship and its effect upon the curriculum, and opposes the recent trend to censor textbooks in public schools. Since the mission of public schooling involves indoctrination and socialization as much as education, the materials for these ends must be chosen carefully. However, the tradition of censorship is strong in America, and it is estimated that up to 30 percent of the nation's school districts have experienced book and curriculum conflicts. Many censors believe themselves unwaveringly right, and numerous censors have arisen from religious fundamentalism. These fundamentalists target secular humanism in the schools in particular, claiming that it is a religion itself and given unfair preference. Fundamentalists believe that their children's exposure to ideas and beliefs contrary to their own will undermine their children's faith and that children must not be taught to question or to wonder but to accept that which is presented to them. Some censors have a tangible impact on textbook publishers. A written procedure for the purpose of textbook-adoption challenges should be implemented so that no one group can control or limit information without due process. (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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