Censorship

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Curriculum From Our Research Center The Topics That Lead Book Ban Requests, According to School Leaders
A new survey of teachers, principals, and district leaders sheds some light on book ban and censorship requests.
Madeline Will, January 14, 2022
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Law & Courts Yanking Books From School Libraries: What the Supreme Court Has Said, and Why It's Murky
A 1982 dispute involving a local school board offers plenty of parallels to the latest wave of book challenges involving race and gender.
Mark Walsh, December 15, 2021
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Equity & Diversity Opinion No, Love Won’t Fix Institutional Racism in Education
Racially just books are under attack in schools. Defending an anti-racist curriculum demands a deeper understanding of how power operates.
Altheria Caldera, November 18, 2021
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Curriculum A 'War on Books': Conservatives Push for Audits of School Libraries
After Texas banned critical race theory in schools, battles grew heated in the conservative suburbs surrounding the state's largest cities.
Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times, November 8, 2021
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Fans of Angie Thomas, a Jackson, Miss., resident whose book, "The Hate U Give," has been on a national young adult best-seller list for over 80 weeks, show off their copies at a reception and book signing for the author, in Jackson on Oct. 10, 2018. Thomas' novel has crossed over to a wider audience than simply young adults. The reception honored her writing as well as the coming release of the big screen adaption of the first novel.
The young adult best-seller "The Hate U Give" was one of the top 10 most challenged books of 2020.
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Curriculum Calls to Ban Books by Black Authors Are Increasing Amid Critical Race Theory Debates
Books about race and the experiences of Black Americans are being challenged by parents who claim they make white children feel uncomfortable.
Madeline Will, September 30, 2021
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Curriculum Research Center Reports Journalism Education: Results of a National Survey
This report examines survey results regarding student interest in journalism and challenges related to censorship and student press freedom.
March 19, 2019
Students protest on the floor of the Florida Capitol earlier this month to push for a ban on assault weapons.
Students protest on the floor of the Florida Capitol earlier this month to push for a ban on assault weapons.
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Let Them March: Schools Should Not Censor Students
This week, as students walk out of school to advocate for school safety, they will be protected by the First Amendment, write two university professors.
Kathleen Bartzen Culver & Erica Salkin, March 9, 2018
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Classroom Technology Opinion Junior Scholars Have Much to Lose—and Gain—From Public Engagement
Young academics interested in becoming public scholars should proceed with caution, writes Seton Hall University’s Robert Kelchen.
Robert Kelchen, January 16, 2018
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Law & Courts Opinion The Problem With Calling Scholars 'Too Political'
Scholars shouldn't opt out of public-policy debates for which they have a deep well of knowledge, writes Diana Hess.
Diana Hess, January 16, 2018
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Law & Courts Opinion How (and When) Researchers Should Speak Truth to Power
Pedro A. Noguera shares the guidelines he uses to decide when he should participate in heated education debates.
Pedro A. Noguera, January 16, 2018
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Law & Courts Opinion Four Prerequisites for a Productive Education Debate
In our hyperpolarized political environment, education scholars should wade into public debates wisely, cautions Patrick J. Wolf.
Patrick J. Wolf, January 16, 2018
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Law & Courts Opinion When Does Scholarship Give Way to Bombast and Bluster?
For education scholars, when does public engagement cross the line into rote partisanship? Rick Hess proposes six steps to make the call.
Rick Hess, January 16, 2018
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Middlebury College students turn their backs to author Charles Murray during his lecture on March 2, 2017.
Middlebury College students turn their backs to author Charles Murray during his lecture on March 2, 2017.
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Law & Courts Opinion No, Hate Speech Doesn't Violate the First Amendment
Teachers, take note: Students have some misconceptions about how to combat ideas they don't like, writes one social studies educator.
Benjamin Barbour, November 21, 2017
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Families & the Community Opinion This Banned Book Week, Teaching Banned Books Isn't Enough
On controversial topics, teachers should focus on not just what they teach, but how they teach it, writes Jonna Perrillo.
Jonna Perrillo, September 22, 2017
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