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People for the American Way

Works: 137 works in 191 publications in 1 language and 1,369 library holdings
Genres: Periodicals  Textbooks  History  Promotional films  Nonfiction films  Short films  Handbooks and manuals  Documentary films 
Classifications: Z658.U5, 342.7304
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Government secrecy : decisions without democracy by Steven L Katz( Book )

3 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

OMB control of government information
Attacks on the freedom to learn( )

in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Artistic freedom under attack( )

in English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hostile climate : a state-by-state report on anti-gay activity( )

in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking at history : a review of major U.S. history textbooks by O. L Davis( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fifteen grade 8 and 16 grade 10 U.S. history textbooks, all published in 1986, are reviewed. Eight criteria were used in evaluating the texts: (1) authority; (2) interpretation; (3) significance; (4) context; (5) representativeness; (6) perspective; (7) engagement; and (8) appropriateness. The results of the review show that most of the texts are very good; some are judged to be excellent. Despite the positive general conclusions, a number of serious concerns are put forth concerning the group of texts. It is pointed out, for example, that too great a use of "readability" formulas that emphasize using commonly recognized words and short sentences result in poor writing quality; that efforts to reduce attention to violence and conflict in some history textbooks risk a bloodless narrative; and that the treatment of religion as a force in U.S. history continues to receive short shrift. (Db)
Courting disaster : how a Scalia-Thomas Supreme Court would endanger our rights and freedoms( Book )

3 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 49 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A right wing and a prayer : the religious right and your public schools( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 44 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American families : responding to the pro-family movement by Bob Frishman( Book )

2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A consumer's guide to biology textbooks, 1985 by Wayne A Moyer( Book )

2 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presented are critical reviews of 18 biology textbooks submitted for consideration by the Texas State Board of Education during 1984. These reviews are provided in three categories: (1) general biology textbooks: "Biology and Human Progress"--Prentice Hall; "Scott, Foresman Life Science"--Scott, Foresman; "Living Things"--Holt, Rinehart, and Winston; "Biology: An Everyday Experience"--Charles E. Merrill; "Biology For Living"--Silver Burdett; and "Biology: The Key Ideas"--Prentice-Hall; (2) academic biology textbooks: "Biological Science: An Ecological Approach"--Houghton, Mifflin; "MacMillan Biology"--MacMillan; "Addison-Wesley Biology"--Addison-Wesley; "Scott, Foresman Biology"--Scott, Foresman; "Heath Biology"--D.C. Heath; "Biology Living Systems"--Charles E. Merrill; "Modern Biology"--Holt, Rinehart, and Winston; "Prentice-Hall Biology"--Prentice-Hall; and "Experiences in Biology"--Laidlaw Brothers; and (3) advanced biology textbooks "Biological Science: Interactions of Experiments and Ideas"--Prentice-Hall; "Biology," 2nd Edition--Saunders; and "Biology," 5th Edition--Addison-Wesley. Each review includes general comments and references to specific page(s) in the textbook. Also included are 10 criteria to evaluate the treatment of science, a brief description of the methods and limits of science, analysis of creationist arguments and their scientific refutation, and testimony (by Bassett Maguire and Steven Schafersman) presented to the Texas textbook committee. (Jn)
Religion, education and the First Amendment : the appeal to history by R. Freeman Butts( Book )

2 editions published in 1986 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Democracy's next generation II : a study of American youth on race by Washington, Dc People for the American Way( Book )

3 editions published in 1992 in English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This report presents the results of a national study of American youth on relations between the races, particularly black-white relations. The study surveyed youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years in three parts: (1) a national telephone survey of 1,170 young people; (2) face-to-face, in-depth interviews with 78 additional young people nationwide; and (3) two focus groups with young whites--one group college-educated, the other not--in Raleigh, North Caorlina. The publication begins with a group portrait derived from the study of the children of the Civil Rights Era including a discussion of the racial divisions, hopeful trends among youth on race, and a vision of a new moral consensus on race. The second major part presents the study and its findings. After an introduction and executive summary, key findings are analyzed in the following eight sections: (1) social perspectives; (2) social values; (3) views of race relations in America; (4) race relations and personal interaction; (5) reactions to policy approaches; (6) voices of minority America; (7) voices of the white majority; and (8) the challenge of leadership in the 1990s. Appendices contain the following: a discussion of methodology, a copy of the filled-in questionnaire, focus group materials, and the questionnaire and an overview of the participants from the one-on-one interviews. Extensive tables and figures illustrate the report. (Jb)
We the people : a review of U.S. government and civics textbooks by James D Carroll( Book )

2 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The objective of this textbook review was to evaluate the textbook's capacity for imparting the knowledge and skills necessary for democratic citizenship along with an enthusiasm for civic participation. A panel of scholars reviewed 18 U.S. government and civics textbooks on the basis of: (1) coverage, (2) engagement, (3) constitutional themes, and (4) relationships between the branches of government and among governments. The reviewers found that, in general, the government texts are encyclopedic in scope and impressive in comprehensiveness. However, a tendency to avoid controversial subjects made them lifeless descriptions of the origins, structures, and relationships of government. Second, most of the books are visually engaging, but not intellectually or emotionally compelling. Third, although the books include the text of the U.S. Constitution and explain basic constitutional principles, they fail to emphasize values and processes that have emerged from the document, such as due process and equal protection. Fourth, the interactions and strains among the components of government and between governments are not fully or creatively explained. Reviewers recommended, first, that the approach be changed from imparting information to preparing students to become concerned citizens. Second, controversial issues should be discussed fairly and explicitly. Third, students need to learn the value of public participation by becoming involved. (Sm)
Protecting the freedom to learn : a citizen's guide by Donna Hulsizer( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attacks on the freedom to learn : 1992-1993 report by Washington, Dc People for the American Way( Book )

4 editions published between 1990 and 1994 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An annual state-by-state survey of censorship and other challenges to public education is covered in this report that is intended to provide a representative snapshot of the incidents, not a comprehensive picture. Two types of activity are listed: "challenges to instruction"--Attempts to remove or restrict literature, instructional materials, activities, and programs currently part of the school curriculum--and "other incidents." This second category includes incidents illustrating other pressures being brought to bear on the schools, among them, attacks on programs and curricular materials under consideration for adoption, activities that raise church-state separation issues, and controversies dealing with freedom of the press for student newspapers. The report found that 244 incidents occurred in 39 states and every region of the country. The survey produced six main findings: (1) attacks continue to esculate against materials that are not required reading; (2) there was a resurgence of Far Right activity, primarily in the West; (3) the sectarian campaign to water down the teaching of evolution continues; (4) swear words, satanism, and sex in books were used to justify their removal from the school; (5) sex education and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (aids) instruction continue to come under attack; and (6) when schools are prepared for attack, censors' success rates drop. State-by-state incidents reports comprise the majority of the document. (Db)
Betraying our trust : a status report on First Amendment rights( Book )

1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Attacks on the freedom to learn : a 1985-1986 report by Washington, Dc People for the American Way( Book )

6 editions published between 1985 and 1992 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The third annual study of censorship incidents in public schools revealed that during the 1984-85 school year, censors took aim at an array of courses, textbooks, teaching methods and materials, as well as a wide assortment of books, plays, and films. More than 42% of the challenges that were directed at instructional materials resulted in removal or restriction of the material. The study also found that: there was a dramatic increase in censorship activity during the 1984-85 school year; almost one-fourth of censorship incidents reported were initiated by local organized pressure groups aligned with the national Far Right censorship network; almost half of the reported incidents were challenges to public school courses and the curriculum; and complaints in more than one-fourth of the incidents focused on charges of secular humanism or alleged violations of the Hatch Amendment. This document includes brief discussions of: The Censors and Their Targets; Censorship and the Law of the Land; The Attack on Public Education; The Old Standbys; and Secret Censorship. A state-by-state list then provides a sampling of censorship incidents that occurred in 46 out of 50 states during 1984-85. Only those incidents reported to and subsequently documented by People for the American Way are included in this report. The incident, initiator, and resolution of activities are covered in each example. An alphabetical list of challenged materials concludes the report. (Thc)
Life and liberty-- for all who believe( Visual )

7 editions published between 1982 and 1983 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Host Burt Lancaster presents the view that the radical right has a distorted understanding of democracy and liberty, especially the Christian conservatives who follow television evangelists. Urges viewers to join a counter organization, People for the American Way
Hate in the ivory tower : a survey of intolerance on college campuses and academia's response by Washington, Dc People for the American Way( Book )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A study of institutional responses to incidents of intolerance on college and university campuses was conducted. A questionnaire was sent to the deans of student affairs and student newspaper editors at 128 four-year colleges and universities; and interviews were conducted with administrators, students, faculty, and staff from 58 institutions, 11 of which were also represented by the questionnaire. The following findings are discussed: (1) campus intolerance is more widespread and more entrenched than the number of hate-motivated incidents would suggest, with 57 percent of the institutions acknowledging that intolerance posed a problems on campus; (2) many institutions exacerbate the problems of intolerance by contributing to a "culture of denial," either by not dealing with the problem at all or responding with shortsighted or ill-considered measures; and (3) colleges' immediate responses to hate-motivated incidents have been uneven, inconsistent, and frequently ineffective, with 23 percent of the schools that did report an incident stating that there was either no formal response or a very limited one. The study also reports on an approach that does not work--restricting the expression of racist and otherwise intolerant speech. This effort is not only unconstitutional but also shortsighted in that it fails to change the underlying attitudes that motivate the incidents. Included are 155 endnotes. Three appendices provide the study survey, a breakdown of the data, and a directory of materials collected at the campuses. (Jb)
First vote( Visual )

1 edition published in 1990 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores coming of age in today's society, how young people can affect change through voting and other forms of political participation, and the trend of decreasing voter turnout among young people in recent years
Church-state separation in America : the tradition nobody knows by Martin E Marty( Book )

2 editions published in 1982 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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A right wing and a prayer : the religious right and your public schools
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