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In recent times, there has been a growing trend by state lawmakers to propose and, in some cases, pass legislation that would censor K-12 classroom discussions. It is vital for the educator preparation community to support intellectual freedom as a core component of a democratic society and oppose the censorship of content and knowledge that would disallow educators to promote empathy and engage students in positive inquiry into social issues.
Webinar: Ed Censorship and the Role of Book-BanningExperts in Teacher Education & Library Sciences discuss the evolving crisis of book banning and strategies to ensure schools have access to diverse, affirming literature and curriculum.
A Civil Rights Community Response to Attacks on the Right of Students to Learn About Historical and Ongoing Racial Oppression in the United StatesThis letter from AACTE and more than 75 organizations calls for the right of students to learn about historical and ongoing racial oppression in the United States.
Webinar: AACTE Town Hall on Critical Race TheorySix deans explore the integral role educator preparation programs play in advancing scholarly work on critical race theory and resisting recent federal attacks on institutions’ efforts centered on this work.
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Education and Democracy: Critique of Diversity, Equity, and Race for Liberatory PracticesIn this op-ed, deans of education explore the momentum of social and racial justice fueled by recent events that finds ed prep at a significant crossroad with divergent paths—one path opening to opportunity and one leading to entropy.
A Call for Civility in K-12 EducationThought leaders address how at this time of division and crisis, school leaders cannot sit quietly by as violent debates threaten to erode school hallways and undermine the promise to provide America’s students with high-quality education in safe spaces.
Educational Gag Orders - Legislative Restrictions on the Freedom to Read, Learn, and Teach
This report provides the impetus, introduction, and in many cases, passing of legislature Between January and September 2021 to restrict teaching and training in K-12 schools, higher education, and state agencies and institutions.
National Coalition Against CensorshipThis is a resources for higher education and K-12 stakeholders on how to respond to and navigate censorship.
AAPF #TruthBeTold Messaging Guide: On Critical Race Theory and Ed CensorshipThis messaging guide was developed in recognition of three key stakeholder groups at the heart of a disinformation campaign: K-12 teachers, racial justice advocates, and voting rights or democracy activists.
Guidelines for Dealing with Censorship of Instructional MaterialsPublished by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), this position statement highlights issues of censorship of instructional materials used by English educators and offers guidance on strategies to practicing academic freedom.
Critical Race Theory Fight Back ToolkitThis toolkit is a one-stop shop to understand the context of attacks, use talking points, spread media messages, and advocate for anti-racist education policies.
Teach Truth: Know Your Rights FAQNEA tells teachers what they need to know about their rights and protections when teaching about racism, sexism, and historical prejudice, sometimes incorrectly called "critical race theory."