Oppposing Censorship in Public Schools: Religion, Morality, and Literature

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Overview

In the past several years, hundreds of challenges a year to books used in public schools have been reported across the nation. Most of these have come from the Religious Right. This book confronts the attacks on public education and commonly used literature books by challenging the religious assumptions, the biblical interpretations, and the intimidation tactics of the Religious Right. Part I counters the claims of these censors by presenting opposing views on democracy, secular humanism, religion, the Bible, morality, and the purposes of literature. In Part II, six books frequently taught in high school classes are analyzed. Edwards shows why they have been challenged by the Religious Right, and presents a case for their moral and religious virtues as well as their literary worth. The book differs from other anti-censorship works because it deals primarily and directly with the religious and moral aspects that educators often tend to avoid. This book offers teachers and school administrators scholarly conterarguments that can help confront with literature challenges from the Religious Right.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805825466
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Lexile: 1420L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1 The Debate Over Government and Religion 3
2 The Debate Over Humanism and Democracy 14
3 The Debate Over the Purpose of Teaching Literature 25
4 The Debate Over Biblical Interpretation 33
5 The Debate Over Morality in Literature 41
6 Religion and Morality in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut 59
7 Religion and Morality in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger 72
8 Religion and Morality in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck 85
9 Religion and Morality in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 94
10 Religion and Morality in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 105
11 Religion and Morality in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou 114
12 Suggestions for Preventing and Responding to Challenges 129
App. A Sources for Preventing and Responding to Challenges 134
App. B Sample "Request for Reconsideration" 136
App. C Organizations Against Censorship 137
References 138
Author Index 143
Subject Index 145
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