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The best LGBT picture books – in pictures. Banned & Challenged Classics. Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom records hundreds of attempts by individuals and groups to have books removed from libraries shelves and from classrooms.

Banned & Challenged Classics

See Frequently Challenged Books for more details. According to the Office for Intellectual Freedom, at least 46 of the Radcliffe Publishing Course Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century have been the target of ban attempts. The titles below represent banned or challenged books on that list ( see the entire Radcliffe Publishing Course list here). For more information on why these books were challenged, visit challenged classics and the Banned Books Week Web site. The titles not included may have been banned or challenged, but we have not received any reports on them. 1. 11. 15. 23. Frequently Challenged Books. The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country.

Frequently Challenged Books

We compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools. The top ten most frequently challenged books of 2014 include: 1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs/alcohol/smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence.

Celebrating the Freedom to Read: Sept. 21-27, 2014. Censorship and What Freedom of Speech Really Means: Comedian Bill Hicks’s Brilliant Letter to a Priest. Censorship Vs. Copyright. What distinguishes Copyright from Censorship?

Censorship Vs. Copyright

The profit motive. There’s one more day to back the Mimi & Eunice’s Intellectual Pooperty minibook project! The above comic won’t be in it, alas, since I just drew it yesterday and the book is already at the printer. But there will be 40 other fine selections from the IP category, in full color. Update: Mataparda uploaded this Spanish version on flickr: [ Embed this comic ] To add this comic to your website or blog, copy and paste this code: The Freedom Box: Make technology that supports freedom. Turn freedom on! I've been meaning to write this post for a long time, but like many of you I've been wasting far too much time on Facebook.

The Freedom Box: Make technology that supports freedom. Turn freedom on!

Facebook has been dutifully logging all of my posts, photos, personal messages etc. They mine my personal data and display ads for ham radio and electronic parts companies, Linux web hosting companies, Wordpress training and even the occasional ad for a social justice organization. Facebook's data mining software knows me as a somewhat geeky lefty. Not bad. Over the last year plenty of things both good and bad have taken place using the power of both social networks and mobile devices.

We've also seen the results of unfocused rage on the streets of major cities across the U.K. Schools and Censorship: Banned Books. "Fear of serious injury alone cannot justify oppression of free speech and assembly.

Schools and Censorship: Banned Books

Men feared witches and burnt women. It is the function of speech to free men from the bondage of irrational fears. "—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis (1856-1941) The American Association of School Administrators and the American Library Association define censorship as: "[T]he removal, suppression, or restricted circulation of literary, artistic, or educational materials — of images, ideas, and information — on the grounds that these are morally or otherwise objectionable in light of standards applied by the censor However, our basic right — the freedom to express ourselves as we see fit — is guaranteed by the First Amendment to the United States' Constitution, ensuring the freedom to express one's opinion even if that opinion might be considered unpopular or unorthodox. But despite this, continued attempts to censor words, thoughts and opinions remain constant.

Additional Resources End Notes. Banned Books Online. Presents Welcome to this special exhibit of books that have been the objects of censorship or censorship attempts. The books featured here, ranging from Ulysses to Little Red Riding Hood, have been selected from the indexes of The Online Books Page. (See that page for more than a million more online books!) This page is a work in progress, and more works may be added to this page over time. Banned Books. By Borgna Brunner "Let children read whatever they want and then talk about it with them.

Banned Books

If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear. " Against Banning Books. Internet censorship. The Day the Filters Came to School. I’ve always been fortunate enough to work in a building that was very lightly filtered.

The Day the Filters Came to School

Basically, we filtered pornography and that was about it. Everyone in the building, including students, had access to all kinds of questionable material online. Instead of filtering, our policy has always been instead to hold students and teachers to a high level of accountability, insisting that they only be in “appropriate” places online. If they weren’t, they knew they would be facing consequences such as losing their computer privileges. It was a common sense type of approach that served us well for the last ten years. » Would You Please Block? Bud the Teacher. Rules for Pod People and a Proposal for Banning Pencils. Ex abusu non arguitur in usum.

Rules for Pod People and a Proposal for Banning Pencils

(The abuse of a thing is no argument against its use.) One of the goals this year of our district tech advisory committee is to formulate guidelines for student-owned technologies.