PROTECTION OF TEACHERS FROM PRESSURE GROUP DEMANDS SUPPORTED
WHEREAS, until recently, democracy in education had become increasingly established as a recognized principle,
WHEREAS, during the past five years, with increasing attacks upon the democratic faith, various pressure groups have been demanding that teachers conform to patterns fixed by non-educational considerations, such as special loyalty oaths, and these groups seek to influence both the methods and materials used by teachers in the classroom,
WHEREAS, such community pressures, based on fear and suspicion, have created a feeling of insecurity among teachers everywhere,
WHEREAS, our young people cannot be educated for democratic citizenship in an atmosphere of fear such as prevails in totalitarian societies,
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the American Ethical Union support the following principles and beliefs as a guide in matters affecting the relations between the community and professional educators:
(*) Guiding Principles in Curriculum Development, Board of Education of the City of New York, 1942-43, p.12.
Source: Whereas ... 1962
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