Government officials charged with overseeing public education may frame these attempts at censorship in terms of their pedagogical responsibilities, so it is important to see how these attempts differ from the appropriate use of responsible selection by professional educators and librarians.
In my academic bubble, it’s easy to be shocked by recent attacks on academic freedom. How can I engage with opinions outside the academy?
In these politically charged times, librarians and educators on every point of the political spectrum are mobilizing to create and share resources to support the civil discourse essential to maintaining intellectual freedom in our schools and community.
Colleges increasingly withdraw invitations to controversial speakers, raising questions of free speech, public safety and the role of education.
Is Facebook’s offer of free internet access a boon to schools or a ploy to control curriculum?
September 17, 2016: Victory for Eleanor and Park, Tyrell, & Dope Sick in Virginia! Updates about the textbook in Texas. Controversy regarding trigger warnings. And SO MUCH MORE
The University of Chicago’s letter ignited a discussion about trigger warnings. What’s the difference between being polite and promoting censorship?
Imagine what grad students could accomplish both in grad school and after if they weren’t burdened by an average $57,600 in debt.
College educators have often lamented the unintended influence of standardized testing on students’ thinking skills. In my discipline, English, freshman instructors note that the short reading passages appearing on tests have limited students’ ability to follow—or even finish reading—longer pieces. Worse, as NCTE has noted, the tests’ multiple choice format gives readers the impression that every text has one, and only one, definite meaning.
Katie Chamberlain Kritikos: The impetus for this talkback was the controversy surrounding the publication in January of this year of a children’s book called A Birthday Cake for George Washington. Because critics instantly condemned the book for its depiction of smiling slaves, publisher Scholastic Press withdrew the book and halted its distribution.
This withdrawal encapsulates the shifting social context of intellectual freedom in the United States. Traditionally, free speech advocates decry any attempt to suppress expression. A growing emphasis on social justice creates tension between the foundation and the future of intellectual freedom. This post considers the recent controversies over children’s books, trigger warnings, and free speech online to explore this crossroads of information policy.