ERIC Number: EJ798931
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Responding Intelligently to Would-Be Censors
Martinson, David L.
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v73 n1 p43-50 Sep 2007
One of the issues that arose over the years that the author worked as a journalism professor emanated from a student expressing a concern that a particular media presentation had the potential to dramatically impact the behavior of those individuals exposed to it. If college students express such anxieties, it should not be surprising that a sizable number of individuals and ideological groups from various sides of the political spectrum frequently raise concerns about the availability of particular materials at the precollegiate level. It needs to be readily acknowledged that many of those who are most active and vociferous in their desire to "protect" young people from particular "dangerous" materials are not interested in engaging in a genuine exchange of views and information. In this article, the author suggests how educators and other concerned persons can respond intelligently to would-be censors.
Descriptors: Mass Media Effects, Censorship, Social Influences, Teacher Responsibility, Administrator Responsibility, Instructional Materials, Mass Media, Reading Material Selection, Intellectual Freedom
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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