Censorship and Selection: Issues and Answers for Schools by Henry Reichman

By Henry Reichman

This can be the second one version of a piece on how educators and librarians can maintain a unfastened market of rules in schooling whereas being conscious of, and delicate to, the college censorship controversy. principles are provided on the best way to organize choice rules, deal with lawsuits and meet demanding situations.

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In fact, they simply may not meet some censor’s standard. In Peoria, Illinois, in 1984, three books by Judy Blume, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t, Deenie, and Blubber, were restricted to older students. The action amounted to a kind of censorship, since the lead character in Deenie is a seventh grader and Blubber was written for fifth-grade readers. 6 Other means of imposing effective censorship on school library patrons include requiring permissions from parents or teachers; 28 Chapter 2 establishing restricted shelves or closed collections; and labeling or expurgating works.

Constitution links freedom of expression with freedom of assembly. Student expression is often linked with students’ ability to organize in clubs and social groups expressive of minority views. In recent years gay and lesbian student organizations have emerged to meet the needs of students whose sexual orientation differs from that of the majority. In some cases these groups have come under attack by school administrators and others. In an especially celebrated case, the Salt Lake City school board agreed to abolish all student organizations rather than recognize a gay and lesbian student group.

Whether themselves offended or not, they often believe they must take action to protect audiences for the school production. Educators tread on thin ice in doing this, however, since copyright law generally forbids those who purchase the rights to a play from altering its script without permission of the copyright holder. This is not a problem, however, when the scripts to be censored are written by the students themselves, which is frequently the case. Individual student creativity may also be subject to censorship.

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