Monthly Archives: May 2009

Students Speak Out on Teacher Layoffs

It’s not every day that students’ voices are heard concerning school policy. Indeed, most major decisions in public education are made with little or no student input. But with teacher layoffs pending in school districts across the nation,  hundreds students … Continue reading

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Locker lending library of banned books makes reading cool

The Canturbury Tales, Candide, the Holy Qur’an, The Evolution of Man, and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy:  all these titles are on the list of books banned at a Catholic high school somewhere in the U.S.  But that also … Continue reading

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Reading about it will make you do it?

We’ve read recently about controversy over YA author Laurie Halse Anderson’s recent novel, Wintergirls, in which a high school girl struggles with anorexia and her friend’s death from the disease.  Critics of the book say it serves as a “how-to” … Continue reading

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Nostalgia time! NCAC blogger Rebecca is moving on…

Rebecca Zeidel has been an astute and dedicated* blogger here at NCAC blog. Chairing the Kids’ Right to Read Project (a project co-sponsored by NCAC and ABFFE), she’s written about book censorship,  science censorship, and censorship of youth voices. Today’s … Continue reading

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Libel Tourism: Taking a vacation from your First Amendment rights

The New York Times weighed in Tuesday on “libel tourism” and advocated for the Senate bill that would protect U.S. citizens’ First Amendment rights from the more stringent laws of other countries, notably England. Senators Arlen Specter and Joe Lieberman … Continue reading

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Elementary Exclusion: Student not allowed to give presentation on Harvey Milk

Natalie Jones, a sixth grade student at Mt. Woodson Elementary School, CA was censored earlier this month after her principal and superintendent failed to apply Ramona United School District’s policy reasonably and professionally. Natalie was told she would only be … Continue reading

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How to get rich quick with the iPhone. Maybe.

The process for developing iPhone applications is simple: you need a catchy idea, a smart programmer (or two, or more) and lots of time. Easy. Once you’re done, you can then submit your application to the Apple store for review. … Continue reading

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Speaking Freely Online: craigslist Reminds South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster of This Right

First Amendment jurisprudence celebrates the metaphorical marketplace of ideas. The website craigslist may very well be an actual representation of this metaphor in that it invites users all over the world to share their ideas, sell their used couches, find … Continue reading

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Confronting Censorship with a Flowchart

The ACLU and the ACLU of Tennessee  filed suit in Federal Court  against two Tennessee school districts, charging the schools are unconstitutionally blocking students from accessing online information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues.  NCAC was involved in an … Continue reading

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Monday Book Censorship Brief

A lot is happening in the world of book censorship. Here’s the most up-to-date news… Toni Morrison has been censored from yet another curriculum – this time from an advanced English class in Shelby, Michigan. Superintendent Dana McGrew ordered the … Continue reading

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