Learning About Censorship Has Its Dangers
Here is another example of censorship in almost the opposite way as my previous post. Merely teaching about censorship has its dangers!
West Linn teacher’s censorship lesson spurs outcry, apology
December 08, 2009, 7:36PM
School officials agreed Tuesday that a West Linn teacher crossed a line when he used sexual vulgarity as part of a classroom lesson on censorship.
Michael Diltz, an Athey Creek Middle School teacher and librarian, wrote two profane words on the board in front of eighth-graders last week as a part of a districtwide “Banned/Challenged Book” project that explores the limits of free speech. Diltz was using the words to illustrate how language can often lead to the banning of books, said Assistant Superintendent Thayne Balzer.
… On Monday, parents objected at a school board meeting. School board members said they supported the banned-book program but not Diltz’s use of the objectionable words. Superintendent Roger Woehl agreed. “We still don’t think it was good judgment to use the language,” he said.
… “It was meant to provoke student understanding and experience how words, taken out of context, can lose their significance. When taken out of context, an author’s words can move a community to ban that author’s book from a school library,” Egan wrote.