ERIC Number: EJ867834
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Reference Count: 2
Parental Involvement in Selection: Mandated or Our Choice?
Harer, John B.
Library Media Connection, v28 n3 p18-19 Nov-Dec 2009
In the author's early days of school librarianship, it did not take long for him to realize that this was not the time to first think of how to involve parents in support of his selections for the library. A lot of good advice exists that suggests ways for parents to be involved that will help support intellectual freedom, as well as lessons learned from the experience of being burnt by a censorship complaint. While school library media specialists know the benefits of parental involvement, the forces of censorship have harnessed parental involvement as well. In 2005, parental involvement in the selection process was almost mandated by law. Using the innocuous sounding phrase "parent review boards," the idea was introduced into the United States Congress in 2005 by North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones, labeled H. R. 2295 and called the "Parental Empowerment Act." Though the demise of the Parental Empowerment Act seems certain, the concept of a parent review board may still exist, but with far less national impact. This can only serve as a reminder that school library media specialists need to build collaboration and working relationships with parents in support of the freedom to read.
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Parent Participation, School Libraries, Parent School Relationship, Media Specialists, Censorship, Reading Material Selection, Cooperative Planning, Federal Legislation, Empowerment
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