June 2, 1982

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On March 2, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a major public-school censorship case typical of hundreds of conflicts over books and beliefs in the nation's schools. The case pits those who long for morality in the school and consensus in the community against those whose concern is independence of thought and freedom of belief for individuals. The Court's decision, which may be imminent, may cast in legal concrete a major misunderstanding of the relationship of schooling and intellectual freedom.
While the national debate rages over public schools, it is increasingly clear that our students will continue to suffer if educational leaders cannot find the courage and good sense to keep only the best and most qualified teachers in the nation's classrooms: teachers who know their subjects, love children, are versatile, and from whom children are able to learn things that matter.
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