Caught Off Guard: Teachers Rethinking Censorship and Controversy / Edition 1

Caught Off Guard: Teachers Rethinking Censorship and Controversy / Edition 1

by Ellen Henson Brinkley, Brinkley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0205185290

ISBN-13: 9780205185290

Pub. Date: 02/26/1999

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Inc.

This resource for teachers presents a wealth of information and ideas reflecting important, and at times widely divergent, viewpoints on censorship and related controversies about education. Based on extensive experience at both the classroom and district level, this book will help educators to clearly explain their actions in the classroom and to

Overview

This resource for teachers presents a wealth of information and ideas reflecting important, and at times widely divergent, viewpoints on censorship and related controversies about education. Based on extensive experience at both the classroom and district level, this book will help educators to clearly explain their actions in the classroom and to work effectively with parents and the community to promote students' intellectual growth and freedom. Each chapter provides practical information and insights to help educators respond to the concerns, fears, and demands of parents and organized groups. Included are experiences of educators who have been involved in curricular controversies and who, as a result, understand which situations are best handled by confrontation and which by accommodation. This book addresses issues that are of particular concern to teachers and parents, such as sexuality education, creationism, Internet access and materials, student newspapers, religion, politics, and morality in the classroom. For teachers and educators.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780205185290
Publisher:
Allyn & Bacon, Inc.
Publication date:
02/26/1999
Pages:
283
Product dimensions:
7.05(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.88(d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter concludes with "What Can Teachers Do?" "Helpful Resources," and "References."

1. Teaching in a Changing Classroom World.
What Is a Classroom Teacher to Do?
Facts about Curricular Challenges and Controversies.
Circumstances That Invite Challenge and Controversy.
Vulnerable Teachers.
Vulnerable Schools.
Parent Protesters.
First Signs and Impulses.
Living in a "Heads-Up" School World.
Are There Other Possibilities?

2. Rethinking Classroom Censorship and Decision Making.
Worst-Case Censorship Scenario.
What Is Censorship?
Acts of Censorship.
The Power of Reading.
Daily Classroom Judgment Calls.
Censorship and Selection.
Self- and School-Sponsored Censorship.
Censorship of Learning.
Rethinking Censorship.

3. Facing Classroom and Community Controversy.
The "Good Old Days?"
Perceptions about Public Schools.
Good News about Public Schools.
Belief Systems That Put Pressure on Classroom Teachers.
Pressure from and within the "Governing State."
Pressure from the "Religious State."
Pressure from the "Capitalist State."
Pressure from the "Transformation State."
The Influence of New Age Spiritualists.
Pressure from Extremists.
Is There Any Common Ground?

4. Reading, Writing, Research, and Expression.
Fighting about Phonics and Meaning-Making.
Misunderstandings about Purposes for Reading.
What Can Teachers Do about Reading Controversies?
Controversy about Student Writing, Research, andExpression.
What Can You Do about Controversies about Writing, Research, and Expression?
Dan Holt, Freedom of Press, the High School Newspaper, and Enlightened Administrators.

5. Ronald G. Good, James A. Shymansky, and Larry D. Yore, Censorship in Science and Science Education.
What Is Science?
Three Views of Knowledge.
The Changing Complexion of Censorship.
A Brief History of Censorship in Science.
Unnecessary Conflicts.
Two Sides of Science.
New Forms of Censorship.
Nature as the Ultimate Censor.
Censoring Critical Thinking.
What Can You Do about Censorship in Science?
Teaching Science in a Context of Change.

6. Literature and the Imagination.
Questioning the Value of Literature.
Issues That Spark Literature Challenges.
Defending Literature Study.
What Can You Do about Literature Controversies?

7. Jodi Brookins-Fisher, Censorship in Sexuality Education.
Comprehensive Sexuality Education.
Areas of Controversy.
Why the Controversy?
New Movements: Abstinence-Based versus Abstrinence-Only Curricula.
What Can You Do about Censorship in Sexuality Education?
Other Considerations.

8. Making a Place for Religion.
Religion and the Role of Schooling.
A Place for Religion.
Teaching about Religions.
Separation of Church and State.
Treating Religious and Nonreligious Beliefs in a Neutral Way.
Parents and Community Members.
What Can You Do to Teach about Religions?
How Can Teachers and School Districts Acknowledge Religion and Nonreligion?
How Can Students Express and Exercise Religious or Nonreligious Belief?

9. Character, Values, and Intellectual Freedom.
Views about Moral Character and Social Values.
Controversy and Consensus.
Teaching Character and Values.
What Can Teachers Do to Teach Moral Character and Social Values?
Views about Intellectual Freedom.
Exercising Academic Freedom.
Children's Intellectual Rights.
Students' Speech and Expression.
Teaching Intellectual Freedom.
What Can You Do to Preserve Intellectual Freedom?

10. Taking Action: Policies and Strategies.
Making a Plan.
Learning about Censorship.
Establishing Policies and Procedures.
Philosophy Statements.
Selection Policies and Procedures.
Rationales.
Reconsideration Policies and Procedures.
Nonprint Media and the Internet.
What Can You Do When Challenged?

11. Taking Action as Teacher, Citizen, and Advocate.
Perceived Problems and Real Needs.
Crisis Rhetoric.
Control of Education.
Public, Private, and For-Profit Schools.
A Dangerous Trend.
Taking Action as a Teacher and a Citizen.
Jan Loveless, Inviting the Public Back into Public Education.
Taking Action as a Citizen and an Advocate.
What Can You Do as a Teacher and a Citizen?

Index.

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