ERIC Number: EJ796069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 10
School Censorship: It Comes in a Variety of Forms, Not All Overt
Martinson, David L.
Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, v81 n5 p211-214 May-Jun 2008
Publicity concerning school censorship too often centers on the clumsy, heavy-handed, and overt efforts of school administrators or other impact parties to control student speech or publications. In this article, the author contends that such obvious and oftentimes inept attempts at controlling student communication represent only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. He argues that a much more insidious impact emanates from a variety of more subtle forces that are too frequently overlooked or ignored. He contends that an atmosphere genuinely supportive of open student communication rests in adopting a definition of school censorship that recognizes this reality.
Descriptors: Censorship, Public Schools, School Publications, Freedom of Speech, Student Publications, Democratic Values, Citizenship Education, Citizen Participation, Administrators
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Bethel School District 403 v Fraser