Article Title

Chained to ideals: Values clash in the debate over book censorship

Authors

Anndee Hochman

Newspaper

The Oregonian (Portland)

Date

5-17-1992

Challenged Material

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel

Reading Level

young adult

Location

Molalla

Participants

Bethel School District; Marilyn Rice; Cascade Middle School; Wayne Watkins; Louise Gano; David Crane; People for the American Way; Sue Gallagher;

Outcome

material moved to high school library

Photo Description

Books with chain and padlock around them; Portrait of Dave Brown with quotation "I'm very strongly against censorship. I don't want my values and morals to be pushed on anybody else. I don't want to be judge and jury on that book."

Abstract

"Opposing Viewpoints" articles, one by the chairman of the Bethel School Board, supporting the need to temper children's exposure to materials requiring critical evaluation with parental obligations to protect children. Freedom comes with responsibility to support standards and the school should be a part of that process. The concern was that the book was inappropriate for middle school. Opposing views stressed the need for children to challenge values and discuss them and the schools role is to help them in this process. Personal ideology of parents should not dictate the standards for all. Titles of other challenged books is included.

Keywords

sexual violence, sexually explicit

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