Banned Books Week - National Council of Teachers of English

NCTE’s Support for the Students’ Right to Read

NCTE Actively Began Fighting Censorship in the 1950s 
McCarthyism spurred NCTE to take a more active stance against censorship, and in 1953, NCTE’s Committee on Censorship of Teaching Materials published Censorship and Controversy, condemning McCarthy’s tactics and championing freedom of thought. In 1962 NCTE published its seminal intellectual freedom guideline The Students’ Right to Read, leading up to today’s active Intellectual Freedom Center work which supports literacy educators and school librarians as they prepare for and respond to challenges to texts used in classrooms.