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NCTE's Support for the Students' Right to Read

NCTE Actively Began Fighting Censorship in the 1950’s
McCarthyism spurred NCTE to take a more active stance against censorship and in 1953, NCTE's Committee on Censorship of Teaching Materials published Censorship and Controversy, condemning McCarthy's tactics and championing freedom of thought. In 1962 NCTE published its seminal intellectual freedom guideline: The Students' Right to Read leading up to today’s active Anti-Censorship program which works with 60-100 educators and school districts a year on challenges to texts used in classrooms.

Over the years the Council has voiced its opposition to censorship and promoted intellectual freedom as portrayed in the clip from the NCTE Centennial Film.

Directed by Laura Lull, produced and written by John Golden

Participate in this year's Banned Books Week: September 22-28, 2013

NCTE is a co-sponsor of this year's celebration and invites its members to

Watch as 2013 NCTE/SLATE Intellectual Freedom Award winner Judy Blume talks about the right to read.

For decades, NCTE has worked with schools and educators on challenges to literary works, films and videos, drama productions, and other texts. Since 2004, NCTE has given advice, shared helpful documents, written letters of support, and/or testified in over 250 challenges to texts. Check the list of challenged books NCTE has handled over the last nine years.  If you’re undergoing a challenge, please consult the NCTE Anti-Censorship Center to contact NCTE.


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