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

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

by June Edwards, Mickey Edwards
     
 

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

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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:
174
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1420L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
1The Debate Over Government and Religion3
2The Debate Over Humanism and Democracy14
3The Debate Over the Purpose of Teaching Literature25
4The Debate Over Biblical Interpretation33
5The Debate Over Morality in Literature41
6Religion and Morality in Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut59
7Religion and Morality in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger72
8Religion and Morality in Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck85
9Religion and Morality in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee94
10Religion and Morality in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck105
11Religion and Morality in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou114
12Suggestions for Preventing and Responding to Challenges129
App. ASources for Preventing and Responding to Challenges134
App. BSample "Request for Reconsideration"136
App. COrganizations Against Censorship137
References138
Author Index143
Subject Index145

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