Examples to try in class in teams of parents and teachers.
A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. (ALA Website)
Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom -recent reported cases of book targets in one section every issue ( bimonthly)- EWU has print and electronic access
First Amendment of U.S. Constitution
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
In 1986, in response to inquiries from librarians facing book or material challenges for the first time, the Intellectual Freedom Committee developed the following list of definitions to clarify terminology associated with challenges:
Questions- ethics, parent's rights, preparedness
Basic steps to be prepared and improve your understanding:
Reflect regularly on your values, your understanding of teens, your belief in the value of literature and reading and teaching methods
Read the edgy books on common topics that are challenged- profanity, sex, violence, family values, religion
Learn how to write a rationale for a book, save common ones that are available
Be aware of your school’s policies and common understandings- book selection, curriculum adoption, form to request a title, challenge procedure, principal’s approach, language arts teachers
Know your local public librarian
Talk with young people about controversial issues- learn the techniques that make you comfortable
Maintain communication with parents- find the methods that work for your situation
Be prepared to offer valid choices to accomplish your goals