Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools by Henry Reichman

By Henry Reichman

This is often the second one variation of a piece on how educators and librarians can maintain a loose industry of rules in schooling whereas being conscious of, and delicate to, the varsity censorship controversy. rules are provided on the best way to arrange choice guidelines, deal with lawsuits and meet demanding situations.

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The web is new territory and schools that reacted harshly to students’ sites probably acted illegally,” said Paul Houston, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. ”34 CHAPTER 3 Issues in Dispute Democracy is dependent upon the right of people to study and discuss issues freely, . . it is dependent upon the citizenry . . which keeps well informed, searches actively for divergent points of view, evaluates courses of action in the light of available evidence and basic democratic values.

No, school administrators and parents rely on teachers possessing . . ”15 Sometimes whole curriculum modules have proved controversial. Not surprisingly, these often involve sex education, like the Michigan Model for Comprehensive School Health Education. But counseling and “self-esteem” units like the “DUSO,” “Pumsy,” and Quest programs also have been targeted for removal from schools because, it is alleged, they undercut “family values” or parental authority. In several South Carolina counties the “Pumsy in Pursuit of Excellence” program, in which a dragon puppet is used to encourage self-esteem and critical thinking skills among elementary school pupils, was challenged as an unwarranted religious intrusion in public education.

19 The Tinker case concerned the right of students to wear armbands of protest against the Vietnam War in school. But the ramifications of the high court’s decision have been widespread. Other federal and state courts have applied the principles enumerated in Tinker to diverse forms of student expression, including speech and student journalism. Considerable controversy has arisen, especially over the rights of the student press—both officially sponsored curricular and extracurricular newspapers, journals, and yearbooks; and so-called “underground” publications.

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