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At the Schoolhouse Gate

Lessons in Intellectual Freedom

By ReLeah Lent, Gloria Pipkin
Foreword by Susan Ohanian

    Ever wonder why some of our best and most talented teachers aren’t in the classroom anymore? This brave, sometimes heartbreakingly honest story of two teachers—Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Lent—who put themselves and their careers on the line to defend the rights of their students, should be required reading for everyone working with young people or considering a career in education.
    —Judy Blume, Bestselling, awardwinning author

"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." With this pronouncement...

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    Ever wonder why some of our best and most talented teachers aren’t in the classroom anymore? This brave, sometimes heartbreakingly honest story of two teachers—Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Lent—who put themselves and their careers on the line to defend the rights of their students, should be required reading for everyone working with young people or considering a career in education.
    —Judy Blume, Bestselling, awardwinning author

"It can hardly be argued that either students or teachers shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the schoolhouse gate." With this pronouncement in 1969, Justice Abe Fortas laid down the law. But this has by no means meant that intellectual freedom reigns supreme. Far from it—American public schools can be the worst offenders, as Gloria Pipkin and ReLeah Cossett Lent make clear in this extraordinary account of courage, commitment, and caring for the teaching profession.

Over the last two decades Pipkin and Lent have worked together to build a tradition of intellectual freedom within public schools. Their book describes their struggles as cultural workers, the pedagogical and legal strategies they employed, the resistance they encountered, the lessons they learned, and the impact that they’ve seen on the lives of the students they serve. Their story brings vividly to life some of the most important questions in public education today:

  • Do First Amendment protections apply to teachers and students in K-12?
  • Who controls what we can read and write in schools?
  • Is inquiry or indoctrination at the heart of schooling?
  • Can critical literacy survive the machinations of shortsighted bureaucrats and board members?
Through two intertwined stories spanning nearly two decades, the authors address these questions. They also provide specific strategies for teachers trapped in similar circumstances. Emotionally intense, yet practical, At the Schoolhouse Gate provides for every teacher what every good teacher wants for his or her students: inspiration and elevation.

Contents

Contents:
I. The Freedom to Read
1. The Road to Camelot
2. Choosing to Learn
3. Reading Under Fire
4. Confrontation
5. Building Public Support
6. Into the Infernov
7. Taking a Stand
8. Appeals, Rebukes, and Death Threats
9. The Power of the Pressv
10. Banned in Bay County
11. Saving the Classics
12. Christians Strike Back
13. Alone in the Wasteland
14. Courage and Despair
15. The Urge to Censor
II. Freedom of Expression
16. Yes and No at the Right Time
17. Lead out from Within
18. Remarking Ourselves
19. Rejecting the Human Search
20. Still Learning
21. The Writer or the Reader?
22. Silencing Mankind
23. The Fearful Magic of Print
24. Bad Decisions
25. No More to Build on There
26. For the Children
27. Safety in a Sane Society
28. Suppression and Suspicion
29. Offensive and Disagreeable Ideas
30. Specializing in the Impossible
31. Foundations of Freedom
III. Riches and Gaps
32. Challenging the Conventional Wisdom
33. Adding It Up / Intellectual Freedom Manifesto / What Can a Teacher Do?

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Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact ReLeah Lent directly about professional development support. Email planningservices@heinemann.com if you would like to contact Gloria Pipkin directly about professional development support.