National Council of Teachers of English

Resolution on Opposition to Censorship

1981 NCTE Annual Business Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts


In this resolution, NCTE members expressed concern that censorship attempts were increasing and showed evidence of being better organized than in previous decades. Be it therefore


Resolved, that in the face of increasing censorship the members of the National Council of Teachers of English reaffirm the student’s right of access to a wide range of books and other learning materials under the guidance of qualified teachers and librarians; and

that all English teachers be urged to resist censorship by employing points of view and approaches recommended in “The Students’ Right to Read” and other NCTE publications on censorship.

This position statement may be printed, copied, and disseminated without permission from NCTE.