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Intellectual Freedom Position Statement

Intellectual Freedom Minutes

The purpose of the Intellectual Freedom Committee shall be to communicate with other organizations and to inform, advise, and support its own members regarding matters of intellectual/academic freedom.  The committee will be especially concerned with:

a.   Defining and assessing the problem in Wisconsin

b.   Gathering resources and disseminating information

c.   Educating itself and the members of WSRA 

All students in public classrooms have the right to materials and educational experiences that promote open inquiry, critical thinking, diversity in thought and expression, and respect for others. Denial or restriction of this right is an infringement of intellectual freedom."

An Educator's Action Plan

  • Check to see if there are print and nonprint material selection policies and procedures on file in the district. If there is no policy, develop one with your administration and school board.
  • Prepare and/or collect rationales for the use of specific curricular materials.
  • Dialogue with the parents/community on controversial issues to gain support.
  • Find alternate choices for students.
  • Engage students in discussions/activites to intellectual freedom.

After a Challenge:

  • Try to resolve the challenge informally.
  • Provide a request for review form if needed.
  • Make sure district review procedures are followed.
  • Conduct the review openly. Look for sources to support the material(s) being questioned.

Resources That Will Help Fight Censorship

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
131 W. 43rd St.
New York , NY 10036
(212) 944-9800

American Library Association ( ALA )
Freedom to Read Foundation
50 East Huron St.
Chicago , IL 60611
(312) 280-4224 or
(800) 545-2433 ext. 4224

International Reading Association (IRA)
800 Barksdale Road
P.O. Box 8139
Newark , DE 19711-8139
(302) 731-1600

National Council Teachers of English (NCTE)
1111 Kenyon Road
Urbana , IL 61801-1096
(800) 369-6283 ext.400

People for the American Way
200 M St., NW - Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 467-2381

Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
4290 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison , WI 53706
(608) 263-3720

Resources About Copyright

Frequently Asked Questions http://www.chillingeffects.org/fairuse/faq