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ERIC Number: EJ826287
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 23
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
Reading, Writing and Radicalism: Right-Wing Women and Education in the Post-War Years
Benowitz, June Melby
History of Education Quarterly, v49 n1 p89-111 Feb 2009
The headlines "Who's Trying to Ruin Our Schools?" and "Danger's Ahead in the Public Schools" grabbed the attention of the American public during the early 1950s as mainstream publications reacted to efforts by right-wing organizations to influence the curricula of America's elementary and secondary schools. "A bewildering disease that threatens to reach epidemic proportions has infected the public schools of America," warned John Bainbridge in a two-part series for "McCall's" in September and October 1952. Bainbridge was writing of efforts of some men, women, and their organizations to censor textbooks; to standardize the curriculum; to eliminate teaching about communism, the United Nations and the workings of governments outside of the United States; and to discredit teaching methods used in both public K-12 schools and in the nation's colleges. As a consequence, in the late 1940s and early 1950s a number of American communities were in an uproar over what the country's youth were being taught, and who was doing the teaching. Leading the crusade for censorship and standardization were several right-wing organizations. While both men and women participated in this crusade, there were some women who felt that, as women, they had a special role to play in the "cleaning up" of the schools. This essay focuses on the right-wing women involved in this campaign. (Contains 72 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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