The Negative Issue Of School Censorship In Schools

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Censorship in schools has been around since the formation of schools. Teachers have often chosen the books that their students can read. This has been an often debated topic, and there have been multiple court cases involving the subject of censorship in schools. There are people who agree with strict censorship and there are people who want censorship to be more lackadaisical. Through court cases, and public opinion we can gather that censorship in schools is a sensitive issue. Parents want to protect their children, but where does the line of broadening the horizons of learning and having a negative influence on children lie? One of the first court cases involving censorship in schools is Evans v. Selma Union High School District of Fresno …show more content…
Kuhlmeier. For years, students were protected by a high standard of freedom of expression based on the Supreme Court’s historic 1969 ruling in the Tinker case, in which the Court ruled that school officials couldn’t prevent students from expressing their opinions on school grounds, as long as they didn’t (a) cause a material or substantial disruption of the school environment, or (b) intrude on the rights of others.In the ruling of Hazelwood v. Kuhlmeier, the Supreme Court established a new standard of protection for student expression, by ruling that schools may limit the personal expression of students if their speech can act as a reflection of the school (Faqs). Writing for the majority, Justice Byron White said "censorship of school-sponsored student expression is permissible when school officials can show that it is reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns."In January 1988 the Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-3 vote, ruled that the principal of Hazelwood East High School was justified in censoring a series of controversial articles in his school’s newspaper, The Spectrum. As a result, administrators now have a great deal of leeway in determining what is and isn’t acceptable material in school-sponsored publications and events, but only if their school has not established a public forum …show more content…
Founded in 1974, NCAC is an alliance of 51 national non-profit organizations, including literary, artistic, religious, educational, professional, labor, and civil liberties groups, united in their support of freedom of thought, inquiry, and expression. NCAC works with teachers, educators, writers, artists, and others around the country dealing with censorship debates in their own communities; it educates its members and the public at large about the dangers of censorship and how to oppose them; and it advances policies that promote and protect freedom of expression and democratic values. An organization that is pro-censorship is the Family Research Council, and many boards of education. Tony Perkins of the FRC has been quoted as saying “School libraries are one place where liberalism has a long shelf life”(Blue 2012). Each side has a compelling argument. The pro-censorship organizations want do not want children exposed to mature material, or to become permanently scarred from uncensored materials. The organizations against censorship do not want the children’s explorative nature to be dampened by the fact that they cannot read anything with challenging

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