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 principles in schooling whereas being conscious of, and delicate to, the varsity censorship controversy. rules are provided on the right way to organize choice guidelines, deal with proceedings and meet demanding situations.

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Unfortunately, many parents and citizens do not fully comprehend this principle, and so schools must endeavor to explain it. In some instances, nonetheless, parents may still firmly believe that any exposure to certain materials will somehow prove “damaging” to their child. The Supreme Court has given some support to parents who take this position on the basis of religious convictions. In a 1972 case, Amish parents won the right to remove their children from school and instead teach them at home because of a conflict between their religious values and the lessons emphasized in the public school attended by the children.

Student expression is often linked with students’ ability to organize in clubs and social groups expressive of minority views. In recent years gay and lesbian student organizations have emerged to meet the needs of students whose sexual orientation differs from that of the majority. In some cases these groups have come under attack by school administrators and others. In an especially celebrated case, the Salt Lake City school board agreed to abolish all student organizations rather than recognize a gay and lesbian student group.

24 In the wake of several widely publicized school shootings, some schools moved to censor literary creations that they found potentially threatening, whether these were produced in or out of class. In one widely publicized case, nine students at Miami’s Killian High School—all members of the school’s art club—were arrested, jailed, and charged with hate crimes in January 1998 for their part in producing an obscenity-laced pamphlet that pondered the possibility of shooting the school’s principal.

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