ERIC Number: ED452541
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Common Ground: Speak with One Voice on Intellectual Freedom and the Defense of It.
Davis, James E.; Neilsen, Lorri; Armstrong, Joyce; Clay, Marie M.; Davis, Millie; Edmonds, Mabel T.; Farstrup, Alan E.; Haley-James, Shirley; Hydrick, Janie; Myers, Miles; Perry, Jesse; Russ, Wendy L.; Simmons, John S.; Small, Robert C., Jr.; Tarleton, Anne; Thelen, Judith N.; Van Horne, Geneva; Weiss, M. Jerry
All students in public school classrooms have the right to materials and educational experiences that promote open inquiry, critical thinking, diversity in thought and expression, and respect for others. Denial or restriction of this right is an infringement of intellectual freedom. Because of their almost exactly similar positions against censorship, the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English have formed a joint task force on intellectual freedom. This position paper of these organizations aims to heighten sensitivity about censorship concerns and provide a resource for communities facing challenges to intellectual freedom. The paper first cites the First Amendment and Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights to reinforce its position. It then provides an action plan and strategies to adopt before a challenge arises and after a challenge has been made. It considers tactics both at the local level and at the state/provincial level, as well as at the national and international level. The paper offers a list of groups interested in fighting censorship and an extensive bibliography of resources. It also cites some situations that might affect teachers and censorship. (NKA)
Descriptors: Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Freedom, Public Schools, Student Rights
National Council of Teachers of English, 1111 W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096. Tel: 1-800-369-6283 (Toll Free); Web site: http://www.ncte.org/positions/common.html.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council of Teachers of English, Urbana, IL.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: First Amendment