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Evidence for the “Slippery Slope” to Censorship: The Story from Florida and Collier County

Eric C. Otto

Abstract


The House sponsor of Florida's 2017 HB 989 Instructional Materials law, which allows any county resident to challenge classroom and school library materials, has argued that those who anticipate his bill’s detrimental impact on science curricula “are trying to read down a slippery slope that doesn’t exist.” Tracing the genesis of HB 989 back to censorship efforts by ideologically-motivated groups in Collier County, Florida, this paper validates not only the concerns of science educators, but of all educators who value "the right of every individual to both seek and receive information from all points of view without restriction."

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5860/jifp.v2i3-4.6481

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