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Adams, Helen R. – School Library Monthly, 2010
The American Library Association's (ALA) "Library Bill of Rights" is important to school librarians because it provides the philosophical structure for intellectual freedom in school libraries and asserts the rights of minors. It states: "A person's right to use a library should not be denied or abridged because of origin, age,…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information, School Libraries, Professional Associations
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Gibson, Jeffrey – Knowledge Quest, 2007
School administrators want to believe that they are champions for the rights of the students they serve. They strive to provide students with a secure, enriching environment to aid in their intellectual and social development. Through their leadership, administrators have the responsibility to guide and redirect students to help them achieve at…
Descriptors: Intellectual Freedom, School Libraries, Media Specialists, Censorship
Adams, Helen R. – School Library Monthly, 2009
Founded in 1982, Banned Books Week is celebrated annually during the last week in September and will be observed from September 26-October 3 in 2009. The event acknowledges Americans' right to read the books of their choice regardless of whether the ideas, language, or images are controversial. This annual observance of banned books is a good…
Descriptors: Books, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, Access to Information
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Fege, Arnold F. – PTA Today, 1991
Discusses censorship in public schools, noting how parents can help protect academic freedom. School districts must develop a policy for selection of instructional materials, and parents must be meaningfully involved in the selection. The public school's role in assuring a balanced curriculum with a free exchange of ideas is examined. (SM)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Censorship, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Materials
Gryphon, Marie; Meyer, Emily A. – 2003
This paper examines the American tradition of educational freedom, following its ebb and flow at various points in history. America's ethos of educational freedom has always been strong, tied to its values of pluralism, tolerance, and free inquiry. However, its legacy of freedom has suffered repeated assaults by individuals and groups who wish to…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Civil Liberties, Democracy, Educational Legislation
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Agee, Hugh – ALAN Review, 1993
Argues that one of the primary roles of any school principal is to act as champion of students' rights of academic and intellectual freedom. Provides five steps that principals can take to preserve intellectual freedom in their schools. (HB)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Administrator Role, Censorship, Intellectual Freedom
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Durst, Anne – Teachers College Record, 2005
While teaching in a California charter school in the late 1990s, I had the experience of working one year under the dictates of a highly scripted curricular program and the next year in the absence of an effectively crafted instructional plan. In both cases it proved difficult for teachers to provide quality instruction to students. In an effort…
Descriptors: Laboratories, Educational Innovation, Laboratory Schools, Intellectual Freedom
Payne, Ann – Hands On, 1994
A Foxfire teacher confronts her skepticism of education before interviewing Maxine Greene, author of the book, "The Dialectic of Freedom." Greene, who is optimistic about education and its role in promoting personal freedom, discusses schools in a changing society, educational reform, critical thinking, the importance of the arts in…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Democracy, Democratic Values, Educational Change
Pipkin, Gloria; Lent, ReLeah Cossett – 2002
Over the last two decades, the co-authors of this book have worked together to build a tradition of intellectual freedom within public schools. The book describes their struggles as cultural workers, the pedagogical and legal strategies they employed, the resistance they encountered, the lessons they learned, and the impact that they have seen on…
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Adolescent Literature, Censorship, Community Involvement
Kravitz, Nancy – 2002
This book discusses censorship as it affects schools and school library media centers. Chapter 1 is an introduction. Chapter 2 describes who and why some people and organizations object so strongly to some school materials, as well as those organizations that support intellectual freedom. Chapter 3 provides a historical perspective on censorship…
Descriptors: Censorship, Court Litigation, Elementary Secondary Education, Intellectual Freedom
McLaughlin, Pamela, Comp. – 1986
This selected ERIC bibliography lists 12 titles concerned with intellectual freedom in the schools. The items listed include essays, opinion papers, journal articles, studies, proceedings, and survey reports discussing such topics as library material selection; aid from the American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF);…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Censorship, Controversial Issues (Course Content), Elementary Secondary Education
Boardman, Edna; And Others – Book Report, 1993
Includes seven articles that discuss censorship and intellectual freedom in junior and senior high schools. Highlights include access to appropriate information; library material selection; dealing with complaints; a list of potentially controversial titles and topics; a history of book burning; the censorship of fiction; weeding versus…
Descriptors: Access to Information, Censorship, Fiction, Intellectual Freedom
Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore. – 1988
Noting that a deep concern about the suppression of ideas in the public schools of the United States is very much a part of the collective consciousness of the school library profession, the implications of intellectual freedom for school library personnel and for library collection development are explored. The position of the school library in…
Descriptors: Censorship, Civil Liberties, Court Litigation, Educational Legislation
Ingelhart, Louis E. – 1986
According to this reference manual, the nation's courts offer public high school journalists the same constitutional protection for expression, free speech, and free press as adults. Part 1 traces the development of the First and Fourth Amendments and explains how these provisions apply to high school publications. Part 2 examines expression that…
Descriptors: Censorship, Courts, Freedom of Speech, High Schools