Censorship, Intellectual Freedom, Parent Information, parental rights, School Law, Stakeholder Involvement

Rejecting the Censorship Label in the School Library Debate

Recently, numerous educational advocates supporting parental rights and children's well-being have attempted to defend against the censorship label to no avail or benefit for their cause. In asserting their general opposition to censorship, they are appeasing the bad-faith actors in this debate and inadvertently ceding ground in the debate. It is crucial for those championing the mindful selection of materials in school libraries to ignore the censorship label and focus on reinforcing their arguments with facts, historical context, and legal precedent.