ERIC Number: ED451559
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
School Censorship in the 21st Century: A Guide for Teachers and School Library Media Specialists.
Simmons, John S.; Dresang, Eliza T.
As the world enters the 21st century, the access to information and freedom of speech provided by the Internet and other digital technologies have revolutionized the nature of censorship challenges and opened an entirely new realm of legal and social ramifications for censorship in United States schools. In the midst of this digital revolution, traditional forms of censorship continue to take their toll on students' learning opportunities and teachers' instructional choices. This book is designed to help teachers and library media specialists work with both students and school administrators to safeguard their schools against censorship attacks. The book offers insight into the nature of current censorship challenges to U.S. schools. It recommends using a strong, unified, and proactive approach that includes all members of a school community to help ensure an accessible and safe teaching and learning environment. Following an introduction, the book is divided into these chapters: (1) The 21st Century Student; (2) Origins of School Censorship in the United States; (3) A 21st Century Media-Specialist-Teacher-Student Alliance; (4) Prime Targets; (5) Emerging Concerns; (6) No Longer Safe--Children's and Young Adult Literature; (7) Internet Issues; (8) An In-Depth Look at Censorship Litigation; (9) Reasonable Responses to Censorship; (10) Outreach Approach--Hope for the Future; and an Epilogue. Seven appendixes contain criteria for judging literature; a list of quality young adult fiction; several position papers on censorship; and other informational materials related to censorship. (Contains approximately 200 references.) (NKA)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Adolescent Literature, Censorship, Childrens Literature, Elementary Secondary Education, Freedom of Information, Freedom of Speech, Internet, Legal Problems, Public Schools, School Libraries, Textbook Content
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners; Teachers
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.