EN090: Banned Books
What They Didn't Want You to Read in High School
Censorship in the public schools is a complex issue, involving disputes about what constitutes wholesome social values and about what relationships should exist between church, state, educators, parents, and minor children. The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom reports that during the 1992-93 school year, there were 395 reported attempts to ban books, lessons or educational approaches from classrooms, school libraries, or districts in 44 states. The objective of this course, a foundation seminar for first-year students, is to investigate the issue of censorship from multiple perspectives. In the process, we shall clarify our own values and thoughts about the role of education in shaping them, the role of religion in the schools and separation of church and state, the freedom of the press, and what limits there ought to be, if any, on children's freedom to read and who should be authorized to set them.
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