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Chmara, Theresa – Knowledge Quest, 2012
The use of electronic reading devices has proliferated in the last few years. These reading devices appear to be particularly popular with young readers. A generation of students that has grown up with computers, cell phones, iPods, and other high-tech devices is more likely to embrace electronic book technology for both their educational and…
Descriptors: Books, Electronic Publishing, Age Differences, Technological Advancement
Durbin, Kathie – Teaching Tolerance, 2005
Notwithstanding the First Amendment, book banning is a practice rooted in American history. In 1873, Congress passed the Comstock Law in an effort to legislate public morality. Though rarely enforced, the act remains on the books. A survey by the National School Boards Association found that one-third of challenges to school reading materials in…
Descriptors: Reading Materials, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Classics (Literature), Academic Freedom
O'Neil, Robert M. – 1984
The first textbook censorship challenge reached the courts in 1949, when a group of Jewish parents objected to Jewish stereotypes in literature used in the classrooms. This New York case is a reminder that (1) would-be censors do not always come from the far right; (2) while most censorship cases go to court for the purpose of having controversial…
Descriptors: Censorship, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom of Speech
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Herring, Mark Y. – Society, 1999
Addresses three aspects of the issue of intellectual freedom: the nature of intellectual freedom as defined by the American Library Association's "Intellectual Freedom Manual," the underlying philosophy implicit in that expression, and an alternative to both the manual and its philosophical presuppositions. Attempts to define the…
Descriptors: Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom of Speech, Intellectual Freedom
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Brandt, Ron – Educational Leadership, 1987
Recent court decisions in Tennessee and Alabama requiring the teaching of "creationism" and the banning of "secular humanism" challenge educators to listen to the critics and present a wider curriculum including the role of religion in human affairs while protecting our heritage of intellectual freedom. (MD)
Descriptors: Church Role, Court Litigation, Creationism, Curriculum Development
Flygare, Thomas J. – Phi Delta Kappan, 1987
Discusses "Mozert v. Hawkins," pointing out four important factors in the case, and shows the reasonable and reasoned way the judge's final decision was made. (MD)
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Literature, Moral Values