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

17 May 1992

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.


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