ERIC Number: EJ839848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Reference Count: 27
Commentary: Censorship in Three Metaphors
Boyd, Fenice B.; Bailey, Nancy M.
Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, v52 n8 p653-661 May 2009
Censorship is about restriction and control of intellectual development, and the danger when educators fail to investigate what censorship truly means--for example, by attaching it to metaphors with abundant entailments--is that people will merely "shrug off" the removal of books from libraries and classrooms and fail to see challenges of books as a violation of First Amendment rights. The authors address their concerns about censorship by using three metaphors to clarify the dangerous nature of censorship and book challenges. With this abstract knowledge, educators will be able to move forward with information that may elicit thoughtful responses to challenges that limit teachers' professional decision making and students' paths to a truly democratic society.
Descriptors: Censorship, Figurative Language, Books, Novels, Adolescent Literature, Access to Information, Teachers, Academic Freedom, Intellectual Freedom, Freedom of Speech
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