A judicial hearing officer ruled in March that Denver-area high school teacher Alfred Wilder cannot be fired for showing Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1900 to a senior class studying logic and debate. While the epic film on the rise and fall of Fascism is over 4 hours long, officials of the high school created a 24-minute videotape of strung-together excerpts taken out of context to discredit the film and the teacher. Curiously, however, under Colorado law, the ruling is only advisory — the school board now has twenty days to decide whether to accept her ruling.
Archives for May 1996
A divisive campaign is snowballing around the country. It wrongly assumes that educators and parents are adversaries and books are the enemy. Watch for this campaign in your state; it’s a camouflage for censorship!
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden (Farrar, Strauss, Giroux) CENSORSHIP REJECTED In the controversy preceding this book censorship trial — which ended with a resounding victory for the First Amendment — copies of Annie on My Mind were burned on the steps of the Kansas City school district headquarters. A federal judge ruled […]
A PUBLICATION OF NCAC’S FUND FOR BOOKS IN TROUBLE Books in Trouble is an occasional snapshot and status report on some challenged books NCAC has been helping to protect. » Books in Trouble 1 August 1995 » Books in Trouble 2 May 1996 NCAC defends Books in Trouble through daily work with people on […]