Intellectual Freedom News 4/7/2017

Intellectual Freedom News

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016

April 7, 2017 – Collated by OIF Staff and News Interns

Intellectual Freedom Highlights

  • National Library Week – On April 10, OIF will unveil the 2016 Top Ten Challenged Books.
  • Reconsider removing “Jacob’s New Dress” | IF Blog;  Jamie LaRue, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom, wrote a letter to the school board and administrators at Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District, urging them to initiate a reconsideration procedure and allow for fair and free evaluation of the book.
  • The Oklahoma Science Education Act: V. 7.0 | IF Blog; “The Oklahoma Science Education Act, Senate Bill 393 , is appropriating First Amendment rights to promote religiously motivated, anti-science material into Oklahoma science classes. In seeking to allow the personal views of teachers on “scientific controversies” into the classroom it argues that the intellectual freedom of Teachers’, and their First Amendment rights, will be strengthened. It implicitly believes that Teachers are unduly restricted by having to adhere to state standards reflecting scientific consensus and analysis.”




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